Exploring COVID-19 in a social studies methods course: Preservice teachers harness the current pandemic to design inquiry-based WebQuests for elementary learners

Erin Vaughn Piedmont


COVID-19 quickly upended life in many ways, presenting teachers with the opportunity to confront the issue with their students or forge ahead in the midst of a societal crisis. Teachers can harness such current events with youth in ways that foster active democratic citizenship, but they must be prepared to implement such pedagogy. This article illuminates how preservice teachers in an elementary social studies methods course explored the global pandemic of COVID-19 to become more informed citizens and to plan for powerful inquiry-based learning of the current pandemic with young learners.


social studies; teacher education; current events; inquiry-based learning

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