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Eastern Illinois UniversityDepartment of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level EducationELE 5640: Teaching and Supervision of Social Studies in Elementary and Middle SchoolsInstructor: Dr. J. H. Bickford IIIOffice: 2213 BuzzardEmail: [email protected] Office Hours: 12-1 M, T, W, TH, FPhone: 581-7881 (office); 217-508-6368 (cell)Class Meetings: Monday, 4:30-7 pm in 2160 BuzzardUnit Theme: Educator as creator of effective educational environments, integrating diverse students, subjects, strategies, societies, and technologies.Graduate Mission Statement:The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education seeks to advance scholarly preparation by providing quality teaching and promoting excellence in research/creative activity in order for graduate students to exemplify best teaching practices for children from birth through age fourteen. The Department is dedicated to the preparation of knowledgeable citizens of the21st century and seeks to empower individuals to meet the challenges faced by professional educators in a rapidly changing society. Candidates for the Master of Science in Education Degree will be prepared for teaching in diverse environments and recognizing multiple pathways of learning. The Department is committed to enhancing the graduate academic experience in order to create educators who can function effectively in a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and global environment in order to engage learning at all levels.Outcomes for all Graduate Level Students at Eastern Illinois University: Graduate students will1. possess content knowledge including effective technology skills and ethical behaviors.2. engage in critical thinking and problem solving.3. exhibit effective oral and written communication skills.4. engage in advanced scholarship through research and creative activity.5. demonstrate an ability to work with diverse clientele, recognizing individual differences.6. collaborate and create positive relationships within the school community and teaching profession.Course Description: A study of objectives, content, materials, and strategies in organizing, supervising, and improving social studies programs (3 s.h.). Course Purpose: The course goal is preparation of those concerned with the responsibility for more effective supervision and improvement of social studies curriculum and instruction, aligned with the goal of social studies education: competent, critical, and compassionate citizenship in a diverse and interdependent world. The course approach is historical, critical, programmatic, and applied. Textbook: Sunal, C. S. & Haas, M. E. (2008). Social studies for the elementary and middle grades: A constructivist approach (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson.Supplemental Materials: Various supplementary articlesDewey, J. (1937). Experience and education. New York: MacmillanLeming, J., Ellington, L., & Porter, K. (eds.). Where did the social studies go wrong? Washington, D.C.: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.Models of Teaching:Information-Processing ModelsInformation-processing models emphasize ways of enhancing the human being’s innate drive to make sense of the world by acquiring and organizing data, sensing problems and generating solutions to them, and developing concepts and language for conveying them. (pp. 25-28)Social Models: Building the Learning CommunityWhen we work together, we generate a collective energy that we call synergy. The social models of teaching are constructed to take advantage of this phenomenon by building learning communities. Essentially, “classroom management” is a matter of developing cooperative relationships in the classroom. The development of positive school cultures is a process of developing integrative and productive ways of interacting and norms that support vigorous learning activity. (pp. 28-30)Personal ModelsThe personal models of learning begin from the perspective of the selfhood of the individual. They attempt to shape education so that we come to understand ourselves better, take responsibility for our education, and learn to reach beyond our current development to become stronger, more sensitive, and more creative in our search for high-quality lives. (pp. 30-32)Joyce, B., Weil, M., & Calhoun, E. (2009). Models of teaching (8th ed.). Boston: Pearson. 1Plagiarism and Standards of Student Conduct The Department of EC/ELE/MLE is committed to the learning process and academic integrity as defined within the Student Conduct Code Standard I. “Eastern students observe the highest principles of academic integrity and support a campus environment conducive to scholarship.” Students are expected to develop original and authentic work for assignments submitted in this course. In short, plagiarism is the process of copying another person's idea or written work and claiming it as your own. “Conduct in subversion of academic standards, such as cheating on examinations, plagiarism, collusion, misrepresentation or falsification of data” or “submittingwork previously presented in another course unless specifically permitted by the instructor” are considered violations of this standard. Please ask me questions if you are confused. Owl at Purdue, APA formatsOwl Ref. List -- periodicalsOwl Ref. List -- books“Eastern Illinois University is committed to the learning process and academic integrity that is defined in the Student ConductCode (1.1). To encourage original and authentic written work, any written assignment created in this course may be submitted for review to Turnitin.com and will become a searchable document with the Turnitin-protected and restricted use database."Although graduate courses may have common assignments (e.g., critiques of journal articles, literature reviews, or research papers), the overall goal of the program in elementary education is to provide a “spiral curriculum”. The class assignments submitted by a graduate student must provide evidence of growth and advancement by building upon prior coursework, but not duplicating previous projects, experiences, or materials.Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Eastern Illinois University Office of Disability Services for assistance. http://www.eiu.edu/~disablty/ 217-581-6583Student Success CenterStudents who are having difficulty achieving their academic goals are encouraged to first contact their instructor. If needing additionalhelp, please contact the Student Success Center


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