Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Education 275. Learning in the Social Sciences

Learning in the Social Sciences examines the literacy skills needed for social studies reading and writing. Through a dual focus on pedagogy and social studies content, the course explores theoretical perspectives, methods and materials brought to bear on the study of history, geography, economics and civics and government in the elementary classroom. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for History and Social Science and Common Core Standards frame academic content and skills essential to the study of human experience, past and present. As an integral part of the course, students plan a number of standards-based, social studies lessons as well as a unit of study appropriate for early childhood or elementary-age learners. Students will become familiar with state and national standards, issues around teacher effectiveness and evaluation, and components of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers including Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment and Teaching All Students.