Social Studies has the potential to impact STEAM education in unrealized ways. It can have this impact by being meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active. This article examines teaching about Carolina African Runner peanuts and the history of Alabama’s agriculture. The introduction of peanuts to Alabama and the enslavement of African people cannot be removed from a lesson such as this – nor should it. It is through value-based education that social studies contributes the most to STEM and STEAM lessons. This article is significant in that it demonstrates a history lesson that is active rather than passive. This article details a lesson that allows students to take ownership of their own learning, engage with the material, and interacted with the teacher and their classmates. The teacher guides the learning when needed, but steps back and allows students to lead the lesson when appropriate
West, Abby; Padgett, Gary; and Campbell, Matthew D.
"Carolina African Runner Peanuts: Connecting African and Alabamian Agricultural History,"
The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies: Vol. 82:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://thekeep.eiu.edu/the_councilor/vol82/iss2/5
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