Abstract 10- Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006



Hierarchical Models and Interdisciplinary Studies: Construct, Compose, and Communicate

Tammy Crawford Cook
Juan Walker
Elizabeth K. Wilson

The University of Alabama


With more students and less time, teachers from different subject areas are encouraged to work collaboratively with each other. Implementing the hierarchical design model at the early stages of students learning will increase their chances of learning to think analytically in all of their classes. Specifically targeting social studies and language arts for K-12 students, the authors of this paper suggest that teachers time and efforts spent in designing interdisciplinary lessons on the front end of instruction will culminate in a stronger exhibition of synthesis from students. Individual modifications can tailor the following ideas to suit topics in social studies curriculum throughout the school year while strengthening reading, writing, and communication skills in language arts.

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About the Author(s)…

Tammy Crawford Cook is a doctoral student in Secondary Curriculum & Instruction at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. She is a graduate assistant, editing and proofreading the new online journal Social Studies Research and Practice and the book series Research on Education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Contact information: cook004@bama.ua.edu, The University of Alabama.

Juan Walker is a doctoral student in Secondary Curriculum & Instruction at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. He is a graduate assistant instructor for Clinical Experiences in the Education Department and is also involved in compiling research for faculty. Contact information: jmwalker@bama.ua.edu, The University of Alabama.

Elizabeth K. Wilson is a Professor of Social Studies and Reading Education at The University of Alabama. A former middle and high school social studies teacher, Dr. Wilson participates in many school-based activities. She received her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include social studies and literacy teacher beliefs and practices and technology integration. She can be reached at ewilson@bama.ua.edu.