TO BE A SO­CIAL SCI­ENCE TEACHER

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The au­thor is Teacher Florid­ablanca, Pam­panga

MARIE FE T. ARE­NAS

How is it to be a teacher of so­cial sci­ence?

So­cial sci­ence ex­am­ines var­i­ous facets of hu­man so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing psy­chol­ogy, so­ci­ol­ogy, po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, eco­nomics, an­thro­pol­ogy and his­tory.

So­cial sci­ence teach­ers help stu­dents be­come ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in so­ci­ety and gov­ern­ment. They lead dis­cus­sions on cur­rent events, global cul­ture and be­hav­ioral trends in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety.

The sub­ject in­tro­duces stu­dents to ba­sic con­cepts, sub­jects and meth­ods of in­quiry in the dis­ci­plines that com­prise the So­cial Sciences. It also dis­cusses in­flu­en­tial thinkers and ideas in th­ese dis­ci­plines, and re­lates th­ese ideas to the Philip­pine set­ting and cur­rent global trends.

In ad­di­tion, so­cial sci­ence ed­u­ca­tors in­struct their stu­dents about his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy and an­thro­pol­ogy and how th­ese fields have shaped dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple, re­sult­ing in cul­tural, lin­guis­tic and so­cial dif­fer­ences.

The so­cial sciences sees ed­u­ca­tors and re­searchers use both quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive re­search meth­ods and stud­ies to ex­plore and in­tro­duce ques­tions and is­sues about peo­ple, cul­ture, and pol­i­tics.

Most so­cial sci­ence teach­ers are ex­perts in a more nar­rowly de­fined field, but there are some ex­cep­tions, such as those who teach wide-rang­ing ma­te­rial in what is known as ‘so­cial stud­ies’in el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high school class­rooms. Since the field is wide-rang­ing, as­pir­ing teach­ers tend to en­counter an abun­dance of job op­por­tu­ni­ties at all lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion.

At the el­e­men­tary school level, the so­cial sciences are taught as part of the so­cial stud­ies cur­ricu­lum which in­cludes his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, and touches upon the most ba­sic ex­plo­ration of fields such as po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, so­ci­ol­ogy, and an­thro­pol­ogy.

Along with Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Math­e­mat­ics, So­cial Stud­ies is a re­quired school sub­ject, which makes it a com­mon spe­cial­iza­tion for teach­ers. Class­room top­ics typ­i­cally touch upon var­ied read­ing ma­te­rial, tests and as­sign­ments re­lated to the gov­ern­ment, pub­lic pol­icy, and cur­rent events.

The cur­ricu­lum cov­ers a wide range of so­cial sci­ence ar­eas, in­clud­ing his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, and oc­ca­sion­ally po­lit­i­cal sci­ence and so­ci­ol­ogy.

By high school, the so­cial stud­ies cur­ricu­lum is re­placed by sev­eral spe­cific so­cial sci­ence sub­jects, in­clud­ing His­tory, Ge­og­ra­phy, and the like.

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I at Florid­ablanca Na­tional Agri­cul­tural School,

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