Making social studies social: Engaging students through different forms of social perspective taking

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Title: Making social studies social: Engaging students through different forms of social perspective taking
Author: Gehlbach, Hunter
Citation: Gehlbach, Hunter. 2011. Making social studies social: Engaging students through different forms of social perspective taking. Theory into Practice 50, no. 4: 300-310.
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Abstract: People are intrinsically motivated to connect to others socially. One of the most important mechanisms in fostering social relationships is social perspective taking (SPT) – our capacity to discern the thoughts and feelings of others. Thus, students in social studies classrooms might be motivated to engage with their subject either through taking the perspectives of their peers in class (interpersonal SPT) or through taking the perspectives of the historical and cultural figures they are studying (academic SPT). This article first provides a theoretical overview of the contrasts and similarities between these two forms of SPT. Next, it describes three examples of how these two forms of SPT might be implemented in teaching social studies.
Published Version: doi:10.1080/00405841.2011.607394
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