Session 7 – a look at some issues

Session SEVEN (Tuesday 15th  March 2016 – 13:00 hrs till 15:00 hrs)

Some issues relevant to Social Studies pedagogy            (the guide)

A. DOCUMENTS and links:

  1. Multicultural and Gender Issues – URL:
  2. Social Studies and the Integrated Curriculum – URL:
  3. Group Learning – URL:
  4. Does ‘Group Work’ ‘Work’? / cooperative learning; watch the video:
  5. Social Studies and the Integrated Curriculum – URL:



  1. Introduction – in session 7 (15th March 2016) we will take a look at some issues relevant to Social Studies pedagogy. These include: (a) multicultural and gender issues (b) integration of subjects (c) group learning (d) differentiated teaching
  2. Multicultural and Gender Issues – 60 years ago Maltese society was quite homogeneous; but social tensions existed; e.g. politics, inter-community rivalries. Contemporary Maltese society is: multicultural, multidenominational and lay, with many Maltese youths reading for degrees; we are full members of the EU.
  3. Diversity – an important principle in our curriculum. ‘Diversity’ has been included as one of the cross-curricular themes of the LOFs (Learning Outcomes Framework).
  4. Gender – normally girls mature (on average) two years before boys. This can have tremendous implications vis-à-vis teaching and learning.
  5. An Integrated Curriculum: Integration can take place either at syllabus-writing level, or else during lesson-preparation/s. In the latter strategy, teaching units are delivered through a thematic approach or the realization of projects.
  6. The cross-curricular themes of the LOFs:
  • the LOF project has identified six cross-curricular themes: (i) literacy (ii) digital literacy (iii) education for diversity (iv) education for sustainable development (v) education for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation (vi) learning to learn and cooperative learning.
  • The Cross Curricular Themes are embedded through three means. These include (a) embedding in the subject learning outcomes, (b) through the pedagogy approach and (c) through the school activities, events and policies.
  1. Some Practical Examples of integration at lesson-preparation stage/s:
  2. Differentiated teaching – towards a definition: in a differentiated classroom, the teacher creates different ways to learn the content and make sense of the content; the teacher also designs multiple ways students can create products to prove that they have learned the content.  Reference to the Safi observation lesson. During delivery some students read from the presentations, others brought a model of a megalithic temple for the class to see, etc..  The class computers were used as work-stations. If differentiated teaching is done merely by assigning different tasks to students, this affects students’ morale negatively. What is differentiated instruction? Watch video:
  3. Group-work – what are advantages and disadvantages of working in groups? Teaching strategies may be designed for whole class, large groups or small groups. What is cooperative learning? Cooperative learning is one of the cross-curricular themes of the LOFs.
  4. A look at the final test for PRE4702. Assessment criteria will be discussed.

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