Social Studies

Dr. Ann Carlock
K-12 Social Studies Specialist
(919) 560-2472

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote effective citizenry. Within the K-12 program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as economics, history, geography, anthropology, archaeology, law, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and the natural sciences.*  

"A balanced and effective social studies program, K-12, prepares students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens.  Students acquire and perfect knowledge, understanding, and skills of individual and group inquiry and examine a broad range of peoples and cultures.  Students gain from social studies the attitudes and values that enable them to be effective problem-solvers, good decision-makers, and wise planners.  As a result of an effective social studies education, they are prepared to deal with present, recurring, and unforeseen problems at the local, state, national, and global levels" (NC Social Studies Preamble). 

*Adapted from the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Executive Summary

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