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New Edited Volume--Post-Pandemic Social Studies

  • 1.  New Edited Volume--Post-Pandemic Social Studies

    Posted 09-15-2021 03:37:00 PM

    Dear Colleagues, 

    It is my pleasure to announce that a new book in the Research and Practice in Social Studies series for Teachers College Press is now available for pre-order! Post-Pandemic Social Studies: How COVID-19 Has Changed the World and How We Teach, edited by Wayne Journell, will be published in December and can now be ordered via the TC Press website ( ), Amazon ( ), or anywhere else books are sold.

    About the Book

    COVID-19 offers a unique opportunity to transform the K–12 social studies curriculum, but history suggests that changes to the formal curriculum will not come easily or automatically. This book was conceived in the space between the dismantling of our old way of life and the anticipation of what comes next. The authors in this volume―leading voices in social studies education―make the case that COVID-19 has exposed deficiencies in much of the traditional narrative found in textbooks and state curriculum standards, and they offer guidance for how educators can use the pandemic to pursue a more justice-oriented, critical examination of contemporary society. Divided into two sections, this volume first focuses on how elementary and secondary educators might teach about the pandemic, both as a contentious public issue and as a recent historical event. The second section asks teachers to reconsider many long-standing aspects of social studies teaching and learning, from content and instructional approaches to testing.

    Book Features:

    • Guidance on how to teach about the COVID-19 crisis as a recent, controversial historical event.
    • Examples of teaching approaches and classroom projects that align with the C3 Framework.
    • Lessons about COVID-19 for use in K–12 classrooms, as well as chapters on the history of pandemics and on how teachers can help students cope with death and grief.
    • A critical examination of the idea of American exceptionalism, the role of race and class in U.S. society, and fundamental practices within social studies education.


    Foreword-Joel Westheimer 

    PART ONE: Teaching About the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Chapter One: Putting COVID-19 Into Historical Context-Catherine Mas 

    Chapter Two: Situating COVID-19 Within the Context of Death and Grief-Rebecca Christ, Bretton Varga, Mark Helmsing, & Cathryn van Kessel 

    Chapter Three: How Should We Remember COVID-19? Designing Inquiry for Social Emotional Learning-Carly Muetterties & Holly Wright 

    Chapter Four: Examining COVID-19 with Young Learners: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry Design Model Approach-Lisa Buchanan, Cara Ward, Tracy Hargrove, Amy Taylor, Maggie Guggenheimer, & Lynn Sikma 

    Chapter Five: Ideology, Information, and Political Action Surrounding COVID-19-Christopher Clark 

    Chapter Six: The Spatiality of a Pandemic: Deconstructing Social Inequity Through Social Inquiry-Sandra Schmidt 

    PART TWO: COVID-19 and a Critical Examination of Social Studies Teaching and Learning 

    Chapter Seven: A Hill Made of Sand: COVID-19 and the Myth of American Exceptionalism-Wayne Journell 

    Chapter Eight: COVID-19 as a Symptom of Another Disease-Cathryn van Kessel 

    Chapter Nine: The Inclusion of Economic Inequality in the Social Studies Curriculum: Toward an Education for Participatory Readiness-Leonel Pérez Expósito & Varenka Servín Arcos 

    Chapter Ten: "Get Your Knee Off Our Neck!" Historicizing Protests in the Wake of COVID-19-Kristen Duncan & Amber Neal 

    Chapter Eleven: Anti-Asian Violence Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for Social Studies Education-Sohyun An & Noreen Naseem Rodríguez 

    Chapter Twelve: Breathing Life Back Into Social Studies: Lessons from COVID-19-Jennifer Hauver 

    Chapter Thirteen: Taking Seriously the Social in Elementary Social Studies-Katherina Payne & Anna Falkner 

    Chapter Fourteen: Rethinking the American Value of Freedom in the Post-COVID-19 Social Studies Curriculum: An Altruism Perspective-Yun-Wen Chan & Ya-Fang Cheng 

    Chapter Fifteen: Global Learning for Global Citizenship Education: The Case of COVID-19-Sarah Mathews 

    Chapter Sixteen: Teaching Federalism: Investigating Federal vs. State Power in the Wake of a Pandemic-Karon LeCompte, Brooke Blevins, & Kevin Magill 

    Chapter Seventeen: What Do We Leave Behind? Assessment of Student Learning in Social Studies Post-COVID-19-Stephanie van Hover, Michael Gurlea, Tyler Woodward, David Hicks, & David Gerwin 

    Afterword-Tyrone Howard


    Wayne Journell
    Univ of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro NC