Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009
Reclaiming Generalizations in Social Studies Education
This article argues that the teaching of generalizations in today’s social studies classrooms is seldom done well, if at all, and that it is time to reestablish this strategy as part of the everyday practice of social studies teachers. The authors review the history and value of the use of generalizations in the classroom and provide some practical applications and examples of their use. The case is made that such practice will not only enhance the vibrancy of social studies classes and increase student interest, but will also enhance understanding of the content and improve the development of citizenship skills.
About the Author(s)…
James M. Shiveley is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches middle childhood social studies methods.
Thomas Misco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches adolescent and young adult social studies methods.
Primary contact information: Department of Teacher Education, 401 McGuffey Hall, Oxford, OH 45056; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.