Social Science/History

Any story can have multiple viewpoints. Providing diverse perspectives not only allows students to acquire a better understanding of the subject, but also fosters their critical thinking and their curiosity to explore.

Suggestions for Educators

Teaching social science and history in a multicultural education curriculum can assist students in becoming thoughtful, active, and effective citizens. Educators can foster this development as follows:

  • Be aware of common misconceptions of both educators and students; make a conscious shift toward a more culturally sensitive understanding.
  • Help students make connections between the past and present.
  • Teach citizenship and democracy.
  • Use a variety of books, and discuss a variety of characters.
  • Present many sides of a story or event.

Links

The links on this page can provide educators with examples of ways to successfully incorporate multiple perspectives into curricula and to enhance student understanding of social science and history.

Facing History and Ourselves

Helping to provide a more accurate understanding of history, this webpage provides students and educators with diverse perspectives on historical events.

Women in History

This website provides many links to biographies of notable women and to female perspectives on historical events.

Black Facts

Claiming to be the world's largest free achieve of black history information, this website has many helpful resources for history educators.

African American History

This website provides an African American perspective to historic events, especially the civil war.

Asian American History

This site traces roots of Asian American history in Arizona and explains contributions Asian Americans made to the history of the state.