Social Studies Education Book Series
Teachers College Press
Series Editor, Wayne Journell
It is my pleasure to announce the start of a new book series for Teachers College Press focused specifically on social studies education! Although any potential book manuscript related to social studies education would be considered for publication, we are particularly interested in books that fit into the following themes:
Civic Education: The United States, along with many other nations throughout the world, is in the midst of a renewed interest in civic education. In particular, the election of Donald Trump in 2016 caused many Americans to question how the nation got the point that it elected a reality television star with no political experience to the highest office in the land, and the seemingly daily challenges to our democratic institutions that have occurred since he took office have led to many pundits calling for increased emphasis on the disciplinary knowledge and skills that social studies courses provide. Books in this theme would focus on issues related to aspects of civic education, with a specific interest in the challenges associated with teaching social studies in the current civic context.
Equity: Social studies education is a place within the K-12 curriculum where students' identities and issues related to equity regularly intersect with the curriculum. Yet, for too long, the social studies curriculum has been predicated on a White, European, cisgender male, heterosexual narrative. Books in this theme would seek to disrupt this narrative and push the field to think more critically about issues related to race, gender, class, heteronormativity, and settler colonialism within the social studies curriculum. It is also our hope that books in this theme would focus on ways in which the social studies curriculum can be used to pursue a more just and equitable society by making students aware of societal inequities and encouraging dispositions toward social justice.
Critical Approaches to Disciplinary Instruction: The publication of the C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies has helped formalize the notion that quality social studies instruction should be inquiry-based, critical, and lead to students drawing conclusions about issues of societal and disciplinary importance and then taking informed action. However, many educators and policymakers still need a roadmap for how to enact this type of curricula in K-12 settings. Therefore, books in this theme will focus on research-based best practices for teaching civics/government, economics, geography, and history in critical ways that move beyond content acquisition.
In short, it is our hope that this book series will push the envelope on common conceptions of social studies education. By focusing on what is possible, as opposed to what is typical, we believe this series can be a valuable resource for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers as they face the challenge of revamping their social studies curricula to meet the needs of an ever-changing democratic society.
If you have an idea for a book that you think would be a potential fit for this series, then let's chat! Finally, feel free to distribute this call to anyone else you think might be interested.