Search results for: Social studies
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Teaching to and Beyond the Test: The Influence of Mandated Accountability Testing in One Social Studies Teacher’s Classroom
The author presents an extended and fine-grained analysis of the influence of state-mandated accountability testing on one social studies teacher’s classroom practice and thinking about curriculum. Two main findings are presented in this article. First, this study sheds light on the problems and frustrations that one teacher faces when confronted with a testing apparatus that limits her instructional time with students. Second, the data add support to the viewpoint that while state-mandated accountability testing does influence classroom teaching, teachers’ beliefs about subject matter and their goals for students play an equal role in shaping their classroom practice.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2014
Navigating Access and Maintaining Established Practice: Social Studies Teachers' Technology Integration at Three Florida Middle Schools
This study examines middle grades social studies teachers’ technology integration in their classrooms. The participant teachers indicated their beliefs that technology integration was important for student learning and that students learned best in an active, hands-on, classroom. However, few teachers required students to gather and analyze information in the class setting. The findings suggest that multiple factors influence the teachers’ practices, including access and functionality of technology, teacher attitude toward and comfort with technology, and teaching philosophy and pedagogical practice.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2014
This article provides a deeper understanding of critical mass, a concept that has become central in litigation efforts related to affirmative action admissions policies that seek to further the educational benefits of diversity. The authors demonstrate that the concept of critical mass requires an understanding of the conditions needed for meaningful interactions and participation among students, given the particular institutional context. To highlight this contextual definition of critical mass, they offer the term dynamic diversity and outline four main components of dynamic diversity that institutions can attend to.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2014
Translating Autoethnography Across the AERA Standards: Toward Understanding Autoethnographic Scholarship as Empirical Research
This article aims to move readers toward a deeper understanding of and widened respect for autoethnography’s capacity as an empirical endeavor. The authors argue in favor of autoethnography as empirical by translating information from its epistemological and methodological history across the AERA standards for reporting empirical social science research. The article concludes by imagining a rubric that may assist researchers, editors, and reviewers in translating autoethnographic scholarship as credible and defensible empirical research.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013
Preservice Social Studies Teachers’ Historical Thinking and Digitized Primary Sources: What They Use and Why
In this qualitative case study the authors explored secondary social studies preservice teachers’ abilities to discern the digitized primary resources available to them for historical thinking instruction. The results revealed that two themes emerged from the initial data analysis: First, the preservice teachers were able to identify and rationalize an importance of digitized primary source websites in teaching the social studies. Second, the pedagogical knowledge preservice teachers held regarding historical thinking was made apparent through their evaluation of the website’s historical thinking task. The authors used the teacher cognition scholarship of Shulman in order to suggest that the preservice teachers’ enumerated knowledge sources are vital in tracing teachers' decisions.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2013
Reverberating Echoes: Challenging Teacher Candidates to Tell and Learn From Entwined Narrations of Canadian History
The authors report on a study with teacher candidates to illustrate the importance of explicitly engaging with the ways in which students' historical subjectivity depart from dominant historical narratives of a nation-state’s development so as to potentially derive alternative meanings of shared pasts from marginalized perspectives. The authors identify several tensions involved in work with multiple perspectives that shape historical narratives: a struggle to avoid culturally reductive or stereotypical images of otherness, the taming of historical complexity for ease of communication, and something of a fraught encounter with the dissonance as a reverberating echo at the heart of historical identifications and perspectives.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2013
Students’ Interest in Social Studies and Negotiation Self-Efficacy: A Meta-Analysis of the GlobalEd Project
This meta-analysis study summarizes the effects of the GlobalEd Project on middle and high school students’ interest in social studies and negotiation self-efficacy. Meta-analytic evidence supports statistically significant increases in students’ interest in social studies for both middle and high school students and negotiation self-efficacy for high school students only as a result of participating in GlobalEd. Results demonstrated different effects of the intervention on middle and high school students, indicating greater increases for high school students.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013
Six preservice social studies teachers created electronic portfolios to examine techniques believed to promote active student engagement during a 12-week field experience. Results reveal that electronic portfolios evidence facilitated re-examination of teaching and formulation of improvement plans. However, competing time demands and limited technology familiarity influenced preservice teachers to rely on personal coaching.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013
Teachers’ Perspectives on the Effectiveness of a Locally Planned Professional Development Program for Implementing New Curriculum
This research project examined how elementary teachers in one Canadian school district were handling implementation of a new social studies curriculum over the 2009–10 school year, three to five years after they experienced a formal district-level program of professional development. The findings suggest that effective professional development needs to be based on teachers’ needs; involve active learning, collaboration and modeling; be supported by a culture of learning in schools; and considerate of teacher resistance to change.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2013
This article describes recent changes in a social studies teacher education program and the role Web 2.0 tools played in developing meaningful activities centered on the development of sound technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK). As the project developed, it became apparent that the creation of the class digital flexbook operated along five distinct phases: awareness, analysis, collection, design, and reflection.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2013