Abstract 8- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009



Using Cultural Universals and Images to Develop Temporal Distinctions in Kindergarten-Aged Students: An Action Research Study

Elana Tiemann
Peace Corps, Jordan

Thomas D. Fallace
University of Mary Washington


This action research project traces how a teacher used images of cultural universals as part of a kindergarten social studies curriculum to help her students develop temporal distinctions between past and present. Students were introduced to the general idea of what cultural universals were, and then they studied two different periods of history using cultural universals. After clearing up some initial misconceptions, the majority of the students were able to make at least a dichotomous distinction between past and present, and many students were able to make additional temporal distinctions among periods of the past.

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About the Author(s)…

Elana Tiemann is a Peace Corps volunteer currently serving in Jordan. She has a B.A. in international relations and Masters of Science in Elementary Education, both from the University of Mary Washington.

Thomas D. Fallace is an Assistant Professor of education at the University of Mary Washington. He is author of The Emergence of Holocaust Education in American Schools (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He has authored articles for Theory and Research in Social Education, The History Teacher, The Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Teachers College Record, and Review of Educational Research.

Primary Contact Email: tfallace@umw.edu