College of Education Professor is 'Breaking Bad' Social Studies

 

College of Education Professor is 'Breaking Bad Social Studies'

by Jenny Wells

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2014) — Kathy Swan, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction recently did a TED Talk for the Kentucky Department of Education on her framework for social studies education. The talk is titled "Breaking Bad Social Studies" and has made an impact across several states that are finding Swan's team's framework useful.

"Social studies has had a bad rap…due to a misperception of what (social studies) is," Swan says in the presentation. "We've got to take ownership of that.  We know that social studies is much more alive.  It's about knowing, deliberating; it's about being challenged; it's controversial and global.  Students should be investigating in order to understand that social studies is real and impacts everday life." 

A video of Swan's presentation is available at http://media.education.ky.gov/video1/On-Demand2014/Social_Studies_C3_2-18-2014.mp4

The College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies states that its purpose is to provide states with "voluntary guidance for upgrading existing social studies standards" and to "support states in creating standards that prepare young people for effective and successful participation in college, careers, and civic life."  The project was initiated by the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2010 and is published by the National Council for the Social Studies.

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