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Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future.
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In Our Classroom
Visit with Professor Gaudelli and his "Teaching of Social Studies" class
During Summer B, 2016, we visited Social Studies Education course 4036, taught by Associate Professor and Program Director Bill Gaudelli. We then sat down with Dr. Gaudelli to discuss the class, his methodology, and the Social Studies Education program.
Dr. Baron's talk, "Using Images to Support Contextualization: Filling in the Missing Piece of Historical Thinking," will be October 26, 5 - 6:30pm in 306 Russell Hall. The talk will feature Dr. Baron's current research, which addresses the persistent problem in history education of finding ways to help students contextualize historical information.
Sandra Schmidt, Assistant Professor in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, has received the Early Career Award of the National Council for the Social Studies-College and University Faculty Assembly this past November. Read more about Professor Schmidt and her work on the A&H blog.
Program Director: Professor William Gaudelli
Phone: (212) 678-4083 Fax: (212) 678-4118