The Social Studies Curriculum, Fifth Edition

Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities

Edited by E. Wayne Ross

Subjects: Social Studies Education, Curriculum, Educational Research, Teaching And Learning, Education, Education - Textbook
Hardcover : 9781438499024, 384 pages, September 2024
Paperback : 9781438499031, 384 pages, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-01
Expected to ship: 2024-09-01

This fully updated and revised edition includes fourteen new chapters on contemporary topics such as critical race theory, decolonizing the curriculum, economics education, and children’s rights.


The Social Studies Curriculum, Fifth Edition updates the definitive overview of the issues teachers face when creating learning experiences for students in social studies. Renowned for connecting diverse elements of the social studies curriculum—from history to cultural studies to contemporary social issues—the book offers a unique and critical perspective that continues to separate it from other texts. The social studies curriculum is contested terrain both epistemologically and politically. Completely updated and revised, the fifth edition includes fourteen new chapters and covers the politics of the social studies curriculum, questions of historical perspective, Black education and critical race theory, whiteness and anti-racism, decolonial literacy and decolonizing the curriculum, gender and sexuality, Islamophobia, critical media literacy, evil in social studies, economics education, anarchism, children’s rights and Earth democracy, and citizenship education. Readers are encouraged to reconsider their assumptions and understandings of the purposes, nature, and possibilities of the social studies curriculum.

E. Wayne Ross is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia. He is the coeditor (with Jeffrey Cornett and Gail McCutcheon) of Teacher Personal Theorizing: Connecting Curriculum Practice, Theory, and Research (also published by SUNY Press), and the author of Rethinking Social Studies: Critical Pedagogy in Pursuit of Dangerous Citizenship, among other books.


"The Social Studies Curriculum is a classic. It is a must-read for researchers and practitioners in the field of social studies as well as those wanting to learn more about the latest trends and challenges in the field. In this fifth edition, Ross again brings keen insight to the pressing issues of social education, with a call to enact mindful teaching and an inclusive curriculum for social justice. Collectively, the chapters call for a 'dangerous citizenship' and give direction to those looking for a road map on how to make ‘good trouble’ through curriculum design and teaching." — Christine Woyshner, author of The National PTA, Race, and Civic Engagement, 1897-1970