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Posted 12.21.05

MU Professor to Edit Social Studies Education Journal

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Social Studies and the Young Learner is the only publication in the world devoted to elementary social studies education, which is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. While the publication is published by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and is housed in Washington D.C., the University of Missouri-Columbia's College of Education is home to the journal's new editor, Linda Bennett.

Linda BennettAn associate professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, Bennett's term, which lasts five years, is slated to begin with the September/October 2006 issue. The 12,000 subscribers to the journal include pre-K through 16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators.

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"My goal is to engage educators in the journal as authors, reviewers and consumers," Bennett said. "With each themed issue, I will strive to meet the needs and interests of the readership. My vision is to keep it centered on promoting social studies as a core subject."

Bennett has 26 years of experience in elementary and early childhood social studies education. She earned her bachelor's and master's degree in education from Memphis State University. She received her doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has served on the editorial board of Social Studies and the Young Learner since 2001.

"NCSS publications are an important tool for social studies educators, providing current information and resources to prepare students to be effective and engaged citizens," said Susan Griffin, executive director of NCSS.

Founded in 1921, the NCSS is the largest association in the country for social studies professionals, with 26,000 members in all 50 states and 69 foreign countries. For more information on the publication, visit the National Council for the Social Studies Web site at



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