Journal Issues

June 2022 - Volume 3, Issue 1

We are pleased to bring to you the first issue of our journal’s third volume. In this issue Rebecca Mueller explores how four early-career social studies teachers in South Carolina engaged with the new social studies standards recently adopted by the state. James Nunez offers a learning experience that utilizes the Constitution, the 1619 Project, and the criticism of the project to analyze the contributions enslaved persons made to the culture and economy of the United States. Jeremiah Clabough describes a middle grades lesson exploring how Hubert Humphries' speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention influenced the DNC’s civil rights platform plank. Finally, Ricky Mullins discusses how his 2021 decision to rid himself of his smartphone and social media influenced his thoughts about the civic engagement of a distracted populous. We hope you enjoy these diverse topics in social studies education in Volume 3, Issue 1 of Social Studies Teaching and Learning.

- Caroline Sheffield & Kimberlee Sharp

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 3, Issue 1


We are pleased to present this special-themed issue of SSTL, "Marginalized Voices in the Social Studies." Inspired by recent social and political events --- particularly racial injustices observed within the African American, Hispanic, and Asian American communities --- this issue's purpose is to provide social studies teachers background information and inquiry tools for examining marginalized voices through a fair and critical lens. The three articles presented in this issue will surely appeal to all social studies teachers, but especially to those who teach elementary. The first article by Soyhun An takes readers on a journey exploring U.S. colonial policy in the Philippines during WWII and examines how fifth graders can engage meaningfully with questions having to do with war and imperialism. The second article, by Laura Darolia and Meghan Kessler, begins with the compelling question, "Is culture always celebrated," and offers readers a touching and compassionate examination of Asian Americans' heritage, culture, and accomplishments in a primary grades inquiry lesson. Our last article, by Donald McClure and Courtney Brunn, features the mirror-window framework to teach civic virtues and respect for diversity and inclusion using the NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, "Follow Chester! A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History." We hope you enjoy this issue of SSTL and that you share these articles with your colleagues and friends.

- Kimberlee A. Sharp and Caroline C. Sheffield, co-editors

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 2, Issue 3


We are pleased to bring to you the summer issue of Social Studies Teaching and Learning. The six articles in this issue address a variety of topics and approaches to social studies instruction. Ricky Mullins and Molly Erwin explore translating the theoretical into the practical as they conduct discussions in a fourth-grade class. Rebecca Roach and Claire West examine the use of picture books in an IDM staging activity to engage student curiosity and activate background knowledge in inquiry learning. Russell Hammack, Lisa Matherson, and Elizabeth Wilson an utilize inquiry-based framework to explore how the Olympics have sparked social change, a timely topic considering the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the upcoming start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 24. Ronald Morris discusses how second grade students engaged in historical interpretation when they created an Egyptian history museum. Samuel Northern describes how one elementary school utilized targeted PLCs to improve social studies instruction, providing a roadmap for others to follow. Finally, Julie Anne Taylor, K. Dara Hill, and Jerry W. Tait examined how high school students in Detroit responded to and learned from the creation of a learning garden as a community-oriented service-learning experience. We hope that you enjoy reading about these varied topics exploring diverse approaches to social studies education in Volume 2, Issue 2 of Social Studies Teaching and Learning.

- Kimberlee A. Sharp and Caroline C. Sheffield, co-editors

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 2, Issue 2


We are excited to present the spring 2021 issue of Social Studies Teaching and Learning. In this issue, you will find six articles focusing on three important facets of social studies education: understanding the role the Cold War played in the shaping of national and international affairs, using creative teaching and assessment methods, and building empathy in both students and teachers. We feature two articles about the Cold War first. Clabough presents an interesting lesson about the scrutinization of the Hollywood Ten by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 – the year in which the Cold War began. Next, Byford and Milam present a unique lesson about the Berlin Wall which involves students in a negotiation decision-making activity designed to build students’ critical thinking skills. Creative instructional practices are featured next. Cole’s article provides an engaging method for employing Craiglist advertisements during historical inquiries, while Swift’s article focuses on creative uses of Play-doh as a formative assessment tool in an Advanced Placement social studies course. Empathy building in the social studies is featured next in an article by Yancie which addresses the importance of empathy building during the discussion of public issues and is followed by an article by Morris and Shockley which spotlights the benefits of professional development on the empathy attainment of Appalachian elementary teachers. We hope you enjoy reading and learning from the diverse topics and perspectives presented in this issue of Social Studies Teaching and Learning.

- Kimberlee A. Sharp and Caroline C. Sheffield, co-editors

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 2, Issue 1


As 2020 comes to a close, it is safe to say that this year was a challenge. Families, communities, and schools all have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether through unemployment, closing of place-based schools, or loss of loved ones. This issue of Social Studies Teaching and Learning is focused on social studies education within the context of the pandemic. The authors provide a number of different perspectives on the pandemic and social studies education. Dague and Orcutt explore how teachers and museum educators can utilize museum-based digital resources as instructional tools in their virtual teaching. Child, Eddie, and Druery discuss how teaching about historic pandemics and their impact on Native Americans can be leveraged to examine effects of racial discrimination on Indigenous communities. Mullins explores the impact of technology-based instructional during the pandemic and the potential long-lasting impacts this move to technology-based practices will have on schools and teaching social studies. Finally, while the Bidwell article does not directly address the pandemic, its focus on how one individual can impact change, in this case Lewis Hine’s efforts to end child labor, offers a positive, yet lesser known, role model.

We hope that this edition to Social Studies Teaching and Learning will provide you with a helpful way to think about and teach during this world-wide pandemic.

- Kimberlee A. Sharp and Caroline C. Sheffield, co-editors

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 1, Issue 2


This inaugural issue of Social Studies Teaching and Learning marks a new chapter for the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies. In an effort to make this peer-reviewed journal accessible to all, it is being published in an open source format and replaces the subscription-based Southern Social Studies Journal.

The journal addresses both the research and practice of social studies education, with an emphasis on inquiry-driven learning. The articles in Volume 1, Issue 1 reflect this balance of research and pedagogy. Included in this issue are studies examining literature circles with pre-service teachers (Pennington & Tackett); how students made meaning while reading history-themed graphic novels (Shelton, Sheffield, & Chisholm); and an examination of a history-themed enrichment camp in the Appalachian region (Morris & Shockley). Two inquiry driven lessons are also included. One explores the question of the cost of public lands (Sharp), and the other questions the definitions of patriotism during World War I (Clabough).

We are excited to offer a re-imagined official journal of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies. It is the organization's intention that this open-source journal will be a resource for all social studies educators.

- Kimberlee A. Sharp and Caroline C. Sheffield, co-editors

Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Volume 1, Issue 1