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Central to a rich social studies experience is the capability for developing questions that can frame and advance an inquiry. Those questions come in two forms: compelling and supporting questions.
What is a Compelling Question?
Compelling questions can be used to organize an entire course of study, or, as in middle and high school, to organize a particular unit of study
What are Supporting Questions?
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The various core areas of study (disciplines) within
social studies provide the intellectual context and lenses for studying
how humans have interacted with each other and with the environment
over time. Each of these disciplines—civics, economics, geography, history, and the social sciences come equipped with a distinct set of disciplinary tools and methods that, when applied, offer
unique insights into the questions that they posit, as well as how they
communicate the results of their inquiries. These disciplinary methods
and tools constitute the habits of mind that both researchers
and students apply in their inquiries within that field of study. These
disciplinary approaches strongly influence the types of evidence that is
sought out by each of the social studies disciplines.
Note: "Using clickers," "taking quizzes or exams," "notetaking," etc. are NOT discipline-specific tools and methods!
who have taken HIST315 should revisit the "Discipline Statements"
handouts for ideas for identifying skills and habits of mind specific to