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Social Studies

The Program in Social Studies recently redesigned student teaching seminars around five contexts of urban teaching:

  • Educational policy
  • Urban public school
  • Local geographical and local sociocultural
  • District
  • And children, classroom, and school

The fall seminar focused on the first four contexts; the spring seminar provides an in-depth examination of children, classroom, and school context.


The Program in Social Studies adheres to the belief that teaching always occurs within a series of nested contexts that shape teaching and learning. Our students are best able to prepare for teaching in a new situation with close and careful attention to the dynamic relationship of teaching and learning in context.

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