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Ch 30: PLACE Elementary Education: Social Studies Research

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Check your understanding of social studies concepts and historical research with our video lessons and quizzes. This review will help you prepare for the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Social Studies Research - Chapter Summary

You will use the lessons in this chapter to reinforce your knowledge of historical perspectives, interpretations, theories and research methodologies. Once you have developed a firm grasp of these concepts, you will have gained the confidence to correctly answer relevant questions found on the PLACE Elementary Education exam by demonstrating the following:

  • Understanding social studies learning concepts and themes at the elementary level
  • Describing the use of historical theories to explain historical events
  • Identifying various historical perspectives
  • Detailing ways to acquire historical knowledge
  • Defining the steps used in the historical research process
  • Discussing the formation of a hypothesis and null hypothesis
  • Analyzing historical documents
  • Summarizing social studies data organization methods
  • Interpreting historical images such as charts, graphs and political cartoons

Examples and illustrations are used to support the narrative text of each lesson, making the material easy and fun to learn. You can check what you have retained and identify any areas where you might need further review by taking the accompanying quizzes, which use the same multiple-choice format found on the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Social Studies Research Chapter Objectives

The Social Studies Research chapter is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of the collection, analysis and evaluation of social studies information. A portion of the Social Studies section of the PLACE Elementary Education exam is devoted to these topics. You will also be tested on basic concepts in math, science, language arts, humanities, and wellness and physical education.

11 Lessons in Chapter 30: PLACE Elementary Education: Social Studies Research
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Social Studies Concepts for Elementary Classrooms

1. Social Studies Concepts for Elementary Classrooms

In this lesson, we will discuss foundational social studies concepts for elementary learning. We will address key concepts elementary students should understand: things like continuity and change, power structures, the impact of geography upon culture, etc.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

2. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

3. 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.

Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

4. Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

When you start making a conscious attempt to develop historical knowledge, it can often seem like too much, too fast. This lesson explains how to focus on gaining historical knowledge the right way, so that it is more like a closet than a list of names and dates.

What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

5. 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.

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

6. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

After figuring out what you want to study, what is the next step in designing a research experiment? You, the researcher, write a hypothesis and null hypothesis. This lesson explores the process and terminology used in writing a hypothesis and null hypothesis.

How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

7. How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

Just like detectives, historians have to analyze all sorts of sources, including documents and narratives, in order to find out what really happened. This lesson explains some of the things historians must consider when doing so.

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.

Summarizing & Organizing Social Studies Research Data

9. Summarizing & Organizing Social Studies Research Data

In this lesson, we discover several different methods to organize research data for a social studies project or paper, including outlines, thought webs, and the importance of summation.

Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

10. Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Did you know that the seeds of the destruction of the Ming Dynasty were planted in 1492? Or an accidental suntan launched a multi-billion dollar industry? Cause and effect relationships are at the core of understanding history.

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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