Sarah Shear co-edits new elementary social studies book
Sarah Shear, assistant professor in social studies education, is a co-editor of the book (Re)imagining elementary social studies: A controversial issues reader.
The field of elementary social studies is a specific space that has historically been granted unequal value in the larger arena of social studies education and research. This reader stands out as a collection of approaches aimed specifically at teaching controversial issues in elementary social studies. This reader challenges social studies education (i.e., classrooms, teacher education programs, and research) to engage controversial issues–those topics that are politically, religiously, or are otherwise ideologically charged and make people, especially teachers, uncomfortable–in profound ways at the elementary level. This reader unpacks specific controversial issues for elementary social studies for readers to gain critical content knowledge, teaching tips, lesson ideas, and recommended resources.