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Ch 54: Understanding Social Studies Concepts & Research

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Prepare for a test that covers social studies concepts and research using this chapter's helpful study resources. Review engaging lessons and take mini quizzes to boost your knowledge of this subject and gain confidence in your ability to excel on your test.

Understanding Social Studies Concepts & Research - Chapter Summary

This self-paced chapter can help you gain a comprehensive understanding of social studies concepts and research. Topics covered in the lessons include primary vs. secondary resources, the relationship between different social sciences and the basics of historical research. Study these lessons at your own pace. When finished, you will be able to:

  • Discuss culture, class and other social science concepts
  • Describe basic historical terms and concepts
  • Identify and discuss types of everyday problems and problem-solving strategies
  • List the seven steps of decision making
  • Explain how historians evaluate the validity of historical documents and narratives
  • Detail ways historians evaluate major historical issues and events from diverse perspectives
  • Share how historians organize history with calendars, maps and periodization
  • Describe ways historians interpret visual representations of historical data

Feel free to review one, several or all the lessons in this chapter depending on how well you understand or remember social studies concepts and research. Get a quick gauge of your comprehension of these lessons by taking their accompanying quizzes. If you develop questions while studying this chapter, don't hesitate to send them to our experts via the Dashboard. Before taking your test, be sure to assess your knowledge of this chapter by taking the practice exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 54: Understanding Social Studies Concepts & Research
Social Science Concepts: Culture, Class & Gender

1. Social Science Concepts: Culture, Class & Gender

In this lesson we will learn about core social science concepts, such as race, gender, class, culture, technology, etc. We will define these terms, identify examples, and analyze their role in the social sciences.

How Are the Social Sciences Related?

2. How Are the Social Sciences Related?

What does archaeology have to do with economics? How about psychology with linguistics? Let's have a look at what the social sciences have in common and how they relate to one another.

Understanding Basic Historical Terms & Concepts

3. Understanding Basic Historical Terms & Concepts

In this lesson we will learn about basic historical terms and concepts. We will define them, and draw examples from history to see what these terms and concepts look like in 'real life.'

Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

4. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.

The Seven Steps of Decision Making

5. The Seven Steps of Decision Making

Effective decision-making is an essential skill for every manager. In this lesson, you'll learn about a seven-step process for effective decision-making. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz after the lesson.

What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

6. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

7. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

8. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

9. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

10. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

11. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

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