Editor’s Notes

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When we conceived the idea for an online journal for social studies educators in 2005, we never thought we would find ourselves working with so many talented and dedicated people. We continue to receive submissions from educators passionate about promoting social studies at all levels. This issue is no different in that regard. We thank all of those working to make this the best venue for sharing and disseminating ideas.

You will see three announcements that may be of interest to you. The first is a Call for Application for a new Section Editor of the Interdisciplinary Education Features. The second is also a Call for Application but for a new Managing Editor. Danilo M. Baylen will be stepping down next Winter from his duties as Co-Editor and Managing Editor. We cannot thank Danilo enough for the direction in which he has taken this journal. He has most definitely added to the professionalism of the journal and has worked tirelessly advocating for SSRP.  You will also find a Call for Submissions for a 2010 Special Economics Education issue. The guest editor of this issue will be Dr. Judy Butler. Dr. Butler has worked extensively with economics education at the state and national levels. If you are interested in either of these calls, please see the announcements.

In the Research section of this issue, we have two articles.One examines the literature related to the marginalization of social studies through the lens of elementary social studies teacher education and the other explores how a small group of Hmong immigrant adolescents conceptualize their political and civic citizenship in the United States.

The Action Research section of the journal includes an investigation into how middle school students analyzed various primary and secondary historical documents to construct original political cartoons, a discussion of how early childhood teachers engage in critical and anti-racist forms of pedagogical practice, and a discussion of how students in a social studies classroom setting are encouraged to develop and display empathy for individuals who are impacted by hurricane disasters.

The Features section of the journal includes notable trade book lesson plans (see Feature Editor’s notes), a discussion of how to nurture young social studies students’ notions of democracy, and examples of artifacts that can be used in a study of the Dust Bowl for the upper elementary and middle grades.

Dr. Janet Strickland, Co-Editor
Carrollton, Georgia
July 1, 2010