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Social Studies Teacher Education in the Early Twentieth Century: A Historical Inquiry Into the Relationship Between Teacher Preparation and Curriculum Reform
The present study examines how teacher education programs contributed and/or responded to the emergence of social studies as a school subject in the early part of the twentieth century. The authors argue that the data reveal some longstanding assumptions about the development of the social studies field. For instance, there was little agreement among subject matter and education specialists regarding what constituted the social studies curriculum. Hence, there was little agreement on what social studies teachers and students needed to know. However, this little agreement suggests that disarray in the social studies field may have been as much a function of disorder in the realm of teacher education as it was of conflict among national committees. The authors conclude that the current study represents first efforts in a pursuit of understanding the historical connection of teacher education and curriculum reform.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
Social Studies as a Means for the Preparation of Teachers: A Look Back at the Foundations of Social Foundations Courses
This historical study looks back at the early years of the social foundations of education program that originated at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the 1930s–1940s, and focuses on the sociopolitical, intellectual, and educational currents that helped bring it about. The study suggests that many of the same rationales that undergirded social studies were applied to social foundations, with the belief that future citizens should be endowed with the capacity to solve contemporary social problems based on the wisdom of the ages, the realities of present-day circumstances, and the tools of critical analysis. In the end, social foundations was essentially a program of social studies for educators: the education school phase of social education writ large.
Updated: May. 04, 2016