The fifth edition of this popular book helps readers aid children in developing thinking skills and master principles, encouraging them to understand the world, approach challenges from different perspectives, and understand and stand firm in the face of injustice. Understanding social studies is crucial to the creation of thoughtful, involved citizens. Up-to-date material on technology and pro-social behavior challenges readers to reflect upon significant issues. Topics include: the definition of social studies; history and geography; political science and economics; sociology, anthropology and psychology; teaching social studies; culture, gender, and exceptionalities; planning and assessing by working with the social studies standards. This book will serve as an excellent resource for all educators in the field of social studies, as well as for those employed in various fields where social studies is a component in understanding today's social trends.