Social Sciences Teaching in the Face of the Global Challenges of the 21st Century—2nd Edition

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Community and Urban Sociology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 126

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Department of Experimental and Social Sciences Education, University of Valencia, 46010 València, Spain
Interests: didactics of geography and social sciences; climatology; climate change; natural hazards (floods, droughts, etc.); natural resources (water); landscape and field trips; social representations of school students; teachers in training and in service; textbook analysis; didactic proposals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2021, Social Sciences published a Special Issue containing 13 contributions titled “Social Sciences Teaching in the Face of the Global Challenges of the 21st Century” ( We are pleased to announce that we are now re-opening this Special Issue to continue the development of this topic.

At present, major global changes are underway, and these have marked effects across all social, economic, political, and environmental fields (among others). Issues of climate change, natural hazards, social inequalities, immigration, refugees, and the spread of diseases (COVID-19, etc.) are just some of the examples that can be examined under the lens of social sciences. As we currently face several formidable problems that must be confronted, questions such as these can be addressed in the field of education at all educational stages (including university). Moreover, these questions can be linked to what have been termed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These inlclude issues such as “gender equality” (SDG 4), “clean water and sanitation” (SDG 5), “affordable and clean energy” (SDG 6), the “reduction of inequalities” (SDG 10), “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), “responsible production and consumption” (SDG 12), “climate action” (SDG 13), the “life of terrestrial ecosystems” (SDG 15), and “peace, justice and strong institutions” (SDG 16).

Given this background, this Special Issue aims to answer the following research questions through theoretical and empirical studies:

  • What are the purposes of teaching social sciences in schools today?
  • What place do social thought formation and social problems have in learning/teaching within the field of social sciences?

Please submit your proposals and any questions to Special Issue guest editor Dr. Alvaro-Francisco Morote ([email protected]) by 15 April 2024. A notification of acceptance will be provided by 31 April 2024. Final papers are due on 30 September 2024 for peer review.

Proposals should be one page in length and include a title, an abstract explaining its relevance to the Special Issue topic, a description of the population, and the methods used (if applicable). Also include author names and affiliations.

Dr. Álvaro-Francisco Morote
Guest Editor

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  • sustainable development goals (SDG)
  • climate change
  • relevant social problems
  • education for democratic citizenship
  • end-purposes of social sciences teaching

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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