Social Studies Quiz: What Do You Know About Curriculum Changes?

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Social Studies Quiz: What Do You Know About Curriculum Changes?

Below is a Social Studies Quiz: What Do You Know about Curriculum Changes? When it comes to learning, there are different avenues that teachers can use to ensure that their students can understand everything they learn in their social studies classes. Do give it a shot and see how skilled you are as a teacher. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Colonel Francis W. Parker changed social studies by
    • A. 

      Introducing computer-based inquiry to the elementary school

    • B. 

      Writing the first widely-used series of elementary social studies textbooks

    • C. 

      Introducing field trips and hands-on experiences

    • D. 

      Advocating the use of maps made of plastic alloys

  • 2. 
    Today’s teachers should remember the following important ideas from Progressive Education:
    • A. 

      Social studies should be multicultural

    • B. 

      Social studies should build upon the interests of students

    • C. 

      Social studies should be based on the information presented in the textbook

    • D. 

      Social studies should teach children the essential concepts of the social sciences

  • 3. 
    The “spiral curriculum” is the idea that:
    • A. 

      Important concepts and ideas should be taught at several grade levels

    • B. 

      What children learn about any subject should be determined solely by their interests

    • C. 

      Important concepts should be categorized by Piaget’s levels of cognitive development

    • D. 

      Elementary school teachers should “weave a web” of instructional activities around a topic in social studies

  • 4. 
    Less time is currently devoted to social studies in most elementary school classrooms because
    • A. 

      The emphasis on having every child achieve state standards; almost all states have mandatory tests of reading and math, few have tests of social studies

    • B. 

      The emphasis on having every child achieve state standards; virtually no states have adopted social studies standards

    • C. 

      Research shows that most elementary school teachers dislike geography

    • D. 

      National and international events during the last ten years have led to a greater need for scientific knowledge, and less need for knowledge about the content of social studies

  • 5. 
    The experimental social studies curriculum developed by Jerome Bruner
    • A. 

      Social studies

    • B. 

      MACOS

    • C. 

      No Child Left Behind

    • D. 

      Themes of the NCSS national curriculum standards

    • E. 

      The concepts fourth graders should learn

  • 6. 
    From 1990 to the present, the following social phenomena played increasingly significant roles in social studies teaching and learning:
    • A. 

      The Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement

    • B. 

      The shift of the US population from rural communities to big cities and the development of a global economy

    • C. 

      The fall of the Soviet Union and the Information Age

    • D. 

      An increasingly diverse student population and the Information Age

  • 7. 
    Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments
    • A. 

      social studies

    • B. 

      MACOS

    • C. 

      Themes of the NCSS national curriculum standards

    • D. 

      Generalizations

    • E. 

      A Chair for My Mother

  • 8. 
    Content-specific statements, based on facts
    • A. 

      Generalizations

    • B. 

      Concepts

    • C. 

      Scope and sequence

    • D. 

      Values

  • 9. 
    A movement that encouraged individual expression and an activity-based curriculum
    • A. 

      No Child Left Behind

    • B. 

      Themes of the NCSS national curriculum standards

    • C. 

      MACOS

    • D. 

      Progressive Education

    • E. 

      Scope and sequence

  • 10. 
    Students who are acquiring English as a second language (English Learners):
    • A. 

      Are learning social studies at the same time they are learning their first language

    • B. 

      . Are learning social studies at the same time they are entering their zone of proximal development

    • C. 

      Are learning social studies at the same time they are learning to English

    • D. 

      Are learning social studies at the same time they are receiving little comprehensible input

  • 11. 
    One option for teachers working with children with learning disabilities is to modify curricular content by:
    • A. 

      Changing the content they are expected to learn, make it simpler

    • B. 

      Dividing the material into small, manageable units

    • C. 

      Expand the content they are expected to learn to include a more international focus

    • D. 

      Have all content presented in large type, at least 16 point

  • 12. 
    Effective teachers working with gifted students modify curricular content by:
    • A. 

      Eliminating all references to famous people, gifted students already know about them

    • B. 

      Frequently using the cooperative learning structure called “Think-Pair-Share.”

    • C. 

      Restricting gifted students to Internet sources

    • D. 

      Adding depth, so that students learn more information about a topic

  • 13. 
    The level of English proficiency among English Learners:
    • A. 

      Will always increase if the child wants to learn

    • B. 

      Will vary

    • C. 

      Has no impact on their ability to learn social studies content

    • D. 

      Is not a factor teachers should consider when planning lessons

  • 14. 
    According to Stephen Krashen, the key to second language acquisition is:
    • A. 

      Comprehensible input received when the affective filter is low

    • B. 

      High cognitive demand and low contextual filter

    • C. 

      The level of motivation among the learners

    • D. 

      The zone of proximal development

  • 15. 
    James Cummins has described CALP, which is
  • 16. 
    One scope and sequence that has dominated elementary social studies is
  • 17. 
    The content of the social studies curriculum includes concepts, generalizations, and facts. Concepts are
  • 18. 
    A process involves doing; it usually an be stated in a single word ending with
  • 19. 
    The set of values that social studies emphasizes is
  • 20. 
    It should be stressed that values education should not be a process of
  • 21. 
    Material that is cognitively demanding should be taught to children in a setting with a high level of
  • 22. 
    . Research indicate differences in the way children of different cultural groups__________ ,_______ and_____________
  • 23. 
    The number of English Learners in US public schools.
    • A. 

      Decreasing

    • B. 

      Increasing

    • C. 

      Staying the same

  • 24. 
    An attitude or feeling that works as a mental block.
  • 25. 
    The level of help a person has to complete a task.
  • 26. 
    The learned behaviors, beliefs attitudes, values, and ideas that are characteristic of a particular group of people.
  • 27. 
    A teacher might choose to design an_______________ unit entitled "Reality and Illusion" and use the phrase "seeing is believing" as an organizing center.
  • 28. 
    In a _____________approach, students would synthesize their learning in responding to the essay question by pulling evidence from multiple disciplines.
    • A. 

      Unitary

    • B. 

      Traditional

    • C. 

      Open

    • D. 

      Interedisciplinary

  • 29. 
    In a _____________approach, students respond in a variety of ways, such as making a comparison of the relative truth of folktales and probability equations or having a discussion of the history of optical illusions over time.
    • A. 

      Unitary

    • B. 

      Traditional

    • C. 

      Open

    • D. 

      Interdisciplinary

  • 30. 
    Most curricula are firmly rooted in  _________________  and have a three-part structure.
    • A. 

      Discipline fields

    • B. 

      Praxis

    • C. 

      Pedagogy

    • D. 

      Core content

  • 31. 
    Which of the following best describes the content?
    • A. 

      The topics, issues, themes or problems that become subjects of learning.

    • B. 

      Developmentally appropriate benchmarks for students' learning, such as critical thinking, reading comprehension, analysis, math skills, etc.

    • C. 

      Products that demonstrate skills and thinking processes, such as essays, productions, recitals, projects, note-taking and in-class participation, etc.

  • 32. 
    Which of the following best describes skills and thinking processes?
    • A. 

      The topics, issues, themes or problems that become subjects of learning.

    • B. 

      Developmentally appropriate benchmarks for students' learning, such as critical thinking, reading comprehension, analysis, math skills, etc.

    • C. 

      Essays, productions, recitals, projects, note-taking and in-class participation, etc.

  • 33. 
    Which of the following best describes assessments?
    • A. 

      The topics, issues, themes or problems that become subjects of learning.

    • B. 

      Developmentally appropriate benchmarks for students' learning, such as critical thinking, reading comprehension, analysis, math skills, etc.

    • C. 

      Essays, productions, recitals, projects, note-taking and in-class participation, etc.

  • 34. 
    A curriculum that is interdisciplinary presents content, skills and thinking processes, and assessments through exploring connections among the disciplines.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 35. 
    Interdisciplinary learning has been an active issue in the United States since the 1890s, and received considerable attention from education theorist and statesman ______________
    • A. 

      Mortimer Adler

    • B. 

      William Chandler Bagley

    • C. 

      John Dewey

    • D. 

      Rober M. Hutchins

    • E. 

      None of these

  • 36. 
    Interdisciplinary learning had a new resurgence in the 1960s through the research of _____________
    • A. 

      Emma Flagg

    • B. 

      Mary McCleod Bethune

    • C. 

      Jane Addams

    • D. 

      Hilda Taba

  • 37. 
    The 1970s saw a backlash against open classrooms. The focus of the educational community shifted away from standardized assessment to authentic, individualized assessment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 38. 
    Initial attempts at interdisciplinary unit building often resulted in what came to be called the 
  • 39. 
    Which of the following is not a component of Barbara Clark's Responsive Learning Environment?
    • A. 

      There is an open, respectful, and cooperative relationship among teachers, students, and parents, a relationship that includes planning, implementing, and evaluating the learning experience.

    • B. 

      The environment is much like a laboratory or workshop: rich in materials with simultaneous access to many learning activities. The emphasis is on experimentation and involvement.

    • C. 

      The curriculum is traditional and standard. Subject area content provides the base from which the curriculum develops.

    • D. 

      There is a minimum of total group lessons, with most instruction occurring in small groups or between individuals. Groups centered around needs or interest can be formed by teachers or students.

  • 40. 
    Which of the following is not a component of Barbara Clark's Responsive Learning Environment?
    • A. 

      Cognitive, affective, physical, and intuitive activities are all valued parts of the classroom experience.

    • B. 

      Assessment, contracting, and evaluation are all used as tools to aid in the growth of the student. Frequent conferences keep student, teacher, and parents informed of progress and provide guidance for future planning.

    • C. 

      The atmosphere is one of trust, acceptance, and respect.

    • D. 

      The student is an passive participant in the learning process. Movement, decision- making, invention, and inquiry are all teacher directed. Students generally work alone, but may elect to work with a partner, or in groups with the teacher's permission.

  • 41. 
    According to Barbara Clark, if the integration of mind and body is to succeed, relaxation techniques must be learned to allow the body to cooperate with the mind's energy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 42. 
    According to Barbara Clark, when a student says, "I can't figure this out, so what do I do next?" which of the following is not a supportive or empowering response?
    • A. 

      What would be some of the possibilities?

    • B. 

      What could you do that might help?

    • C. 

      Let me show you exactly how to do this just this one time

    • D. 

      Think about it, I am sure you have an answer somewhere in those memory banks

  • 43. 
    During the past decade many researchers have found that choice and the resulting perception of control are not significant factors in student academic achievement and self-concept.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 44. 
    Which of the following best describes the "nested" type of integrated curriculum?
    • A. 

      The traditional model of separate and distinct discipline, which fragments the subject area.

    • B. 

      Within each subject, the teacher targets multiple skills: a social skill, a thinking skill, and a content-specific skill.

    • C. 

      Within each subject area, course content is connected topic to topic, concept to concept, one year's work to the next, and relates ideas explicity.

    • D. 

      Topics or units of study are rearranged and sequenced to coincide with one another. Similar ideas are taught in concert while remaining separate subjects.

    • E. 

      Shared planning and teaching take place in two disciplines in which overlapping concepts or ideas emerge as organizing elements.

  • 45. 
    Which of the following best describes the "connected" type of integrated curriculum?
    • A. 

      The traditional model of separate and distinct discipline, which fragments the subject area.

    • B. 

      Within each subject, the teacher targets multiple skills: a social skill, a thinking skill, and a content-specific skill.

    • C. 

      Within each subject area, course content is connected topic to topic, concept to concept, one year's work to the next, and relates ideas explicity.

    • D. 

      Topics or units of study are rearranged and sequenced to coincide with one another. Similar ideas are taught in concert while remaining separate subjects.

    • E. 

      Shared planning and teaching take place in two disciplines in which overlapping concepts or ideas emerge as organizing elements.

  • 46. 
    Which of the following best describes the "threaded" type of integrated curriculum?
    • A. 

      A fertile theme is webbed to curriculum contents and disciplines; subjects use the theme to sift out appropriate concepts, topics, and ideas.

    • B. 

      The metacurricular approach threads thinking skills, social skills, multiple intelligences, technology, and study skills through the various disciplines.

    • C. 

      This interdisciplinary approach matches subjects for overlaps in topics and concepts with some team teaching in an authentic integrated model.

    • D. 

      The disciplines become part of the learner's lens of expertise: the learner filters all content through this lens and becomes immersed in his or her own experience.

    • E. 

      Learner filters all learning through the expert's eye and makes internal connections that lead to external networks of experts in related fields.

  • 47. 
    Which of the following best describes the "immersed" type of integrated curriculum?
    • A. 

      Learner filters all learning through the expert's eye and makes internal connections that lead to external networks of experts in related fields.

    • B. 

      The disciplines become part of the learner's lens of expertise: the learner filters all content through this lens and becomes immersed in his or her own experience.

    • C. 

      This interdisciplinary approach matches subjects for overlaps in topics and concepts with some team teaching in an authentic integrated model.

    • D. 

      The metacurricular approach threads thinking skills, social skills, multiple intelligences, technology, and study skills through the various disciplines.

    • E. 

      A fertile theme is webbed to curriculum contents and disciplines; subjects use the theme to sift out appropriate concepts, topics, and ideas.

  • 48. 
    Who is this
  • 49. 
    Who is this?
  • 50. 
    This educator  is associated with the Paideia Proposal and the Great Books of the Western World. Who is he?