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Social Sciences Online. Ministry of Education

Approaches to Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences

This book provides ideas and examples of how teachers can build learners’ understanding of key social sciences concepts at levels 1–5 of the curriculum. It examines what concepts and conceptual understandings are, why they are important, and how they can be developed in social studies. It provides some strategies and approaches for building conceptual understanding and considers the role of the social inquiry process in developing those understandings. Assessing conceptual understandings and conceptual progression is also discussed, using examples drawn from the social studies exemplars.

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