Teaching Social Sciences covers the teaching of social sciences at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior phase. It balances theory and practice, and engages student teachers as reflective professionals in the South African context.
- Chapter opener: Each chapter starts with a definition of the topic of the chapter, a synopsis of the current and leading research informing the area of study (Research), and a brief note on the main Classroom approach used in relation to the topic as well as the chapter purpose.
- Stop and reflect boxes: This poses a question which requires student to apply knowledge and opinion. It requires critical engagement, as well as self-reflection on one's own beliefs and opinions, often of a personal, moral or ethical nature. This feature is also used to discuss how to approach controversial issues in teaching social sciences.
- Activities: These could be activities student teachers can do in a tutorial or activities student teachers can do with learners during teaching practice. It could include a few discussion points along with specific tasks/questions/activities for students or the parameters for staging a debate. The classroom activity could be an example of project or an excursion which enables learners to learn about a different culture or about an issue such as recycling.
- Talking heads: Talking heads are illustrations of people in dialogue where the conversation is captured in speech bubbles (cartoons). Talking heads can be used to explore a concept or theories or perspectives, debate critical issues, make connections, discuss different aspects of a problem or explore alternative possibilities or outcomes.
- Lesson plans aligned with CAPS.
- End of chapter critical thinking questions: These questions draw together the strands of knowledge and concepts explored throughout the chapter and help students get a sense of the significance of the content covered.
1Social sciences in the South African curriculum
2Considering Ubuntu as a theoretical framework for pedagogical approaches to the teaching of the Social Sciences (History and Geography)
3The teaching of History within the Social Sciences curriculum
4The teaching of Geography within the Social Sciences curriculum
5Media, educational resources and ICT in the teaching of Social Sciences
6Planning to teach and assess Social Sciences
B.Ed, ADE and PGCE students enrolled for modules in Social Sciences methodology as well as in-service teachers.