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Distributor:  Oxford University Press
Resource Description: Web Site
Curriculum Area: Social Studies  30-2
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Authorization Status: Basic
Date of Authorization: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Available From: Internet
Annotation: Understandings of Ideologies was developed by Oxford University Press and The Image Works to meet the new Social Studies 30-2 curriculum outcomes in the Social Studies Kindergarten to Grade 12 Program of Studies. The student basic and related teaching resources include a digital resource, ExCite, that is available on LearnAlberta.ca. Understandings of Ideologies helps students think critically about the relationships among identity, citizenship and ideology; and origins, complexities and issues related to ideologies, including liberalism.The four sections in the student, teaching and digital resource address the key issue and are organized by the four related issues from the program of studies. The resources are issues-focused and employ a multiple-perspectives approach. Students will build their skills and explore sources, concepts and historical and contemporary examples to develop and defend informed responses to local, national and global issues. Features in the student resource include a chapter issue; questions for inquiry; and key skills, terms and concepts. The teaching resource includes outcomes correlations by chapter; Resource Masters (RMs); Assessment Masters (AMs); possible responses to questions in the student resource and templates for sample teaching activities, possible course planning and student note-taking. The ExCite digital resource supports the printed resources. Students critically explore videos and sources from multiple perspectives around the world through four main interactive student activities; i.e., digital development/exploration of ideological spectrums, presentations for an Ideology in Action conference, public service announcements for political parties and murals to celebrate individual and collective citizenship in response to issues.
• Student engagement with issues is an important part of the Social Studies 30-2 learning process; however, these issues can also be potentially sensitive and/or controversial for some students. Teachers should be aware of the cautions that are connected to some learning activities featured in the resource materials and should consider the context of their classrooms when approaching issues.• Alberta Education has not authorized the Web site links in the ExCite digital resource due to the dynamic nature of the contents on Web sites. While the links provided can be seen as an important support for students and teachers in the exploration of issues and outcomes, it is recommended that teachers preview Web site information prior to using it in their classrooms.
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