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Teaching about Africa

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People from African countries who visit the United States often are stunned by how little Americans know about African cultures. Africa is a large continent more than three times the size of the continental United States, and it contains over 50 independent countries. One out of every three member states in the United Nations is an African country. One out of every ten people in the world lives on the African continent. Increasingly, the United States has trading and corporate ties to African countries. Now, more than ever, our students need a basic understanding of Africa. Continue reading »

The Seneca Falls Convention: Teaching about the Rights of Women and the Heritage of the Declaration of Independence

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Different groups at different times have turned to founding documents of the United States to meet their needs and to declare their entitlement to the promises of the Revolution of 1776. At Seneca Falls, New York in the summer of 1848, a group of American men and women met to discuss the legal limitations imposed on women during this period. Continue reading »

Self-Directed Learning

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The concept of Self-Directed Learning (SDL) is one which educators have investigated and discussed for many years. This Digest will examine the basic tenets of SDL, and it will discuss recently conducted research findings germane to its application in K-12 classrooms. Continue reading »

Science Notebooks: Tools For Increasing Achievement Across the Curriculum

microscope 200With the implementation of high stakes accountability programs, instruction in science has suffered. In some states, science is receiving decreased attention because it is not tested. A 1999 study of elementary school teachers found that 34 percent of instructional time was being devoted to reading, 24 percent to mathematics, and 17 percent to writing, while only 9 percent of total class time was spent on social studies, and only 8 percent on science. Only physical education and health received less time than science at a mere 5 percent and 3 percent respectively (Jones, et al., 1999). This study was conducted in North Carolina where high-stakes testing had been implemented. Continue reading »

Science in the Home School

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If your child is among the 700,000 to 1,150,000 currently being schooled at home in the United States (Ray, 1996), you may have questions about the science he or she should be learning. Though children schooled at home perform quite well on achievement tests and are often placed at higher grade levels than their peers in school, (Rudner, 1999), decisions have to be made about the specific science skills and content to be learned. Parents who are looking to the future and are emphasizing math, science, and reading proficiency (Rieseberg, 1995) will want to align their home school programs with professional, state, and national standards. Continue reading »

Rural Home Schooling and Place-based Education

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Place-based education, which draws from local culture, history, and geography to create a meaningful curriculum, can occur in any type of setting, but it holds particular promise for rural homeschooling. Place-based educators use local particulars to teach universal concepts, engage students in community life, and involve people and resources unique to the home community. This Digest identifies ways that place-based education can counter common concerns about homeschooling so that homeschooled students–especially those living in rural areas–receive academic, social, and individual benefits. Continue reading »

“Remember the Ladies” Women in the Curriculum

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In March 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband John to “…remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors….” This plea, unfortunately, did not affect the practical political behavior of John Adams and other founders of the United States. It was not until the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 that women throughout the United States gained a fundamental right of citizenship: the right to vote for representation in government. Continue reading »

Portfolios for Assessment and Instruction

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Portfolios are scarcely a new concept, but renewed interest, fueled by the portfolio’s perceived promise for both improving assessment and motivating and involving students in their own learning, has recently increased their visibility and use. The definition of a portfolio varies some, but there seems to be a general consensus that a portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that tells the story of student achievement or growth. Continue reading »

Multiple Intelligences: Gardner’s Theory

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Arguing that “reason, intelligence, logic, knowledge are not synonymous…,” Howard Gardner (1983) proposed a new view of intelligence that is rapidly being incorporated in school curricula. In his Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Gardner expanded the concept of intelligence to also include such areas as music, spacial relations, and interpersonal knowledge in addition to mathematical and linguistic ability. Continue reading »

Fruit Bats, Cats, and Naked Mole Rats: Lifelong Learning at the Zoo

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It is a hot and muggy day and a group of seven friends and relatives decides to visit the zoo. These seven rather diverse members of Homo sapiens, ranging in age from 5 to 85, are all eager to have a good time, but how does an informal learning environment such as a zoo, aquarium, or nature park assure that people with widely varying interests all have a meaningful experience? Continue reading »