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Running Head: Comparison Matrix

Comparison Matrix and Essay
Venus Horta
GCU
January 13, 2013
EED465

Comparison Matrix and Essay
Part One:
Social Studies Learning | Pros | Cons |
Integrated |     * “Social studies teaching integrates knowledge, skills, beliefs, values, and attitudes to action; and its effective use of technology.” (Exceptions of Excellence 2013)   * Prepares students their knowledge. |     * Integrated social studies programs have many forms across the nation. They vary in the amount and disciplinary integration. |
Textbook |     * “A teacher can use literature to show many points of view on a sensitive topic, or a past historical event, to help children develop their own ideas and perspectives by being well-informed.” (Grand Canyon University 2012)   * Textbooks are helpful to teachers who are just beginning.   * Textbooks can be used as a resource for students. |     * Some textbooks can be outdated.   * Some of the questions in the textbooks are fact-based questions.   * Can be hard to understand for those who have language barriers. |
Commercially Purchased |     * Enhances student learning |     * Materials begin to become too expensive.   * Maybe difficult for teachers to learn. |
Teacher-prepared |     * “Teachers are promoting learning that increases student productivity, motivation and engagement.” (McKenzie, J. 2007) |     * Materials, activities, and research come from the teacher. |

Part Two:
Social studies are better enhanced when incorporating a variety of teaching methods. I found after much research of the pros and cons of integrated, textbook, commercially purchased, and teacher prepared social studies learning methods; in order for my students to gain the most out of social studies I need to be able to maximize their learning potential by utilizing each of these methods. The following is my reflection on the findings of creating the matrix above and the implication on curriculum design and social studies...

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