ELED 379: Social Studies Content for Elementary Teachers
Wed/Fri 1:20 - 2:20
Prerequisite: EDU 212
Instructor: Kurt Johnson
Office: SEB 116
Office Hours: T/TH 8-10 & 1-4 or by appointment
Formal Course Description
An introduction to Social Studies topics associated with a K-6 curriculum. The course covers basic overviews of US History, key World History time periods, economic terms, government themes, particularly the US Constitution, geography and behavioral sciences. (Prerequisite: EDU 212.)
Informal Course Description
This course is required of prospective elementary teachers seeking the initial teaching certificate in accordance with standards established by the state of Hawaii. It uses a mixture of lecture, reading, peer-based instruction, and examinations to equip the prospective elementary teacher with knowledge and skills to pass the Social Studies Subtest (5004) of the Praxis II Elementary Education Exam (5001).
“The Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects: Social Studies subtest is designed to assess whether an examinee has the broad knowledge and competencies necessary to the licensed as a beginning teacher a the elementary school level. The 55 selected-response questions are based on the materials typically covered in a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education. “
-The Praxis Study Companion (https://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/5001.pdf)
This course reviews necessary content knowledge including but not limited to: 1) United States history, government and Citizenship; 2) geography, anthropology, and sociology; and 3) world history and economics. Practice exams are given to help students prepare.
Learning Outcomes Alignment
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
Know European exploration and colonization in United States history and growth and expansion of the United States
Know about the American Revolution and the founding of the nation in United States history
Know the major events and developments in United States history from founding to present (e.g., westward expansion, industrialization, Great Depression)
Know about twentieth-century developments and transformations in the United States (e.g., assembly line, space age)
Understand connections between causes and effects of events
Understand the nature, purpose, and forms (e.g., federal, state, local) of government
Know key documents and speeches in the history of the United States (e.g., United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address)
Know the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy
Know world and regional geography (e.g., spatial terms, places, regions)
Understand the interaction of physical and human systems (e.g., how humans change the environment, how the environment changes humans, importance of natural and human resources)
Know the uses of geography (e.g., apply geography to interpret past, to interpret present, to plan for future)
Know how people of different cultural backgrounds interact with their environment, family, neighborhoods, and communities
Know the major contributions of classical civilizations (e.g., Egypt, Greece, Rome)
Understand twentieth-century developments and transformations in world history
Understand the role of cross-cultural comparisons in world history instruction
Know key terms and basic concepts of economics (e.g., supply and demand, scarcity and choice, money and resources)
Understand how economics affects population, resources, and technology
Understand the government’s role in economics and the impact of economics on government
Elementary Education Learning Outcomes
This course meets the following Learning Outcomes for the Elementary Education Major. (https://efolio.byuh.edu/content/elementary-education-0)
Upon completing a major in Elementary Education, students will:
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completing a major in Education, students can demonstrate an understanding of these outcomes:
Institutional Learning Outcomes (Brigham Young University-Hawaii)
A Brigham Young University–Hawaii education prepares students for a lifetime of service by helping them develop:
This course focuses on content knowledge. Consequently, a majority of your grade will come from exams. All exams will be patterned after the Praxis Elementary Education Social Studies Subtest (5004). Additionally, you will be in charge of class instruction for one class period (with or without a partner). You will be expected to prepare and become a ‘content expert’ on the topic you teach. Details are provided on Canvas.
% of grade
Comprehensive (exams 1-4)
Comprehensive (exams 1-7)
One class period. Study guide provided.
(subject to change)
Praxis and HCPS III Social Student Content
Final: Wednesday, June 7 1:00pm – 3:50pm
*Apr 6 THU: Last day to drop **Apr 25 TUE Withdrawal deadline
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The School of Education advocates the development of the character traits and work ethic that will enable the pre-service teacher to perform successfully in the professional workforce. The internalization of these attributes, in addition to academic course work, into the pre-service teacher’s repertoire of “applied knowledge” is critical to their future success and a significant part of what is broadly referred to as being a “true professional.”
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ELED 379: Social Studies Content for Elementary Teachers