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The Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Framework


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The Nebraska Social Studies Framework project was designed to allow school districts, teachers, curriculum designers and administrators to incorporate social studies concepts and content throughout the K-12 curriculum. As a result the frameworks are not organized along subject headings. Instead a thematic approach was used to allow the widest possible scope for the implementation of the frameworks to each school or districts local curriculum.

Social Studies
Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
National Council for the Social Studies, 1992

A Strategic Plan for Social Studies in Nebraska
The Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Framework and the K-12 Social Studies Standards are in a pdf format that can be obtained by clicking on either of the following links SSFramework.pdf (Social Studies Framework) or SSStandards.pdf (Social Studies Standards). This will open the file and then Acrobat Reader that will allow you to view and print the Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Framework and the Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Standards in their printed form.

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The Nebraska K-12 Social Studies Framework - Go to to access the ten themes used to develop the frameworks.