Learning Other People’s History: Pre-service Teachers’ Developing African American Historical Knowledge

Oct. 01, 2014

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 25, Issue 4, 2014, pages 427-456

This article examined the development of three social studies pre-service teachers’ African American history knowledge.
The participants were engaged in a rigorous summer reading program dedicated to learning African American history.
This qualitative case study examined both pre and post interpretations of African American history and discussed the varied ways the subject was interpreted by the pre-service teachers.

The findings indicated that the reading program influenced African American history knowledge both positively and negatively.
The article ends with recommendations for teacher educators interested in expanding the development of pre-service teachers’ knowledge of African American history.

Updated: Mar. 15, 2015