Practical Strategies for Teaching K-12 Social Studies in Inclusive Classrooms

Edited by:
Timothy Lintner, University of South Carolina Aiken
Windy Schweder, University of South Carolina Aiken

A volume in the series: International Social Studies Forum: The Series. Editor(s): Cathy A. R. Brant, Rowan University.

Published 2011

With the national push towards inclusion, more students with disabilities are being placed in general education settings. Furthermore, when placed, more students with disabilities are entering social studies classrooms than any other content area. Classroom teachers are being asked to “reach and teach” all students, often with little support. There are numerous texts on the teaching of social studies, an equal number on teaching students with disabilities. Blending best practice in social studies and special education instruction, this book provides both pre – and in-service educators simple, practical strategies that support the creation of engaging, relevant, and appropriate social studies opportunities for all students.

Though the strategies presented are useful for all students, they are particularly beneficial for students with disabilities. From Universal Design for Learning, mnemonics, graphic organizers, and big ideas, to co-teaching, screen readers and the Virtual History Museum, this book offers hands-on, practical ideas general educators can use when teaching K-12 social studies in inclusive classrooms.

Foreword, Timothy Lintner and Windy Schweder. Social Studies Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices for Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Progress Report, Jeff Passe and Ashley Lucas. Knowing your Students, Windy Schweder. Universal Design for Learning and Social Studies, Kimberly Pawling. Voices from the High School Classroom: Teaching Social Studies in an Inclusive Setting, Amy Matthews. Maximizing Social Studies Learning for All with Peer Tutoring and Learning Strategy Information, Thomas E. Scruggs and Margo A. Mastropieri. Toward an Inclusive Social Studies Classroom, Darren W. Minarik and David Hicks. Voices from the Elementary School Classroom: Teaching Social Studies in a General Education Setting, Kay Usher. Technology in the Social Studies for Students with Disabilities, Cynthia M. Okolo, Emily Bouck, Anne Heutsche, Carrie Anna Courtad, and Carol Sue Englert. Teaching Social Studies through Big Ideas: A Strategy for All Students, Timothy Lintner.