Making Social Studies Social: Engaging Students Through Different Forms of Social Perspective Taking

  title={Making Social Studies Social: Engaging Students Through Different Forms of Social Perspective Taking},
  author={Hunter Gehlbach},
  journal={Theory Into Practice},
  pages={311 - 318}
  • Hunter Gehlbach
  • Published 4 October 2011
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Theory Into Practice
People are intrinsically motivated to connect to others socially. One of the most important mechanisms in fostering social relationships is social perspective taking (SPT)—the 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… 

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