Abstract 5- Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010



Implementing Social Action Curriculum in an Elementary Classroom: Reflections from the Journey

Michelle Vander Veldt
Jennifer Ponder
California State University, Fullerton


This study examines how a social studies methods course, with an emphasis in civic education, is taught and carried through from its original implementation within a teacher education social studies course to practicing teachers’ classrooms. Findings suggest that by implementing social action curriculum projects teachers: 1) effectively integrated emerging curriculum, 2) facilitated student-led instruction in a democratic classroom, 3) increased effective communication and built partnerships beyond the classroom, and 4) used structured reflections as a tool for growth and evaluation.

Key words: civic education, service learning, social action, social studies, teacher education

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