Search results for: Social studies
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Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) in Action: A Descriptive Study of Secondary Teachers’ Curriculum-Based, Technology-Related Instructional Planning
In this study, the authors were interested to examine the nature and development of teachers’ TPACK as it is applied in instructional planning. The authors also examined how planning changes when professional development focuses upon the design of content-based learning activities that are supported by selective and purposeful integration of educational technologies. The participants in this study were seven experienced social studies teachers from six different U.S. states. The results indicate that a content-based, activity-types approach to technologically inclusive instructional planning is compatible with existing approaches to teaching.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2012
Citizenship and Self-Determination for Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities: The Interdependence of Social Studies and Special Education
This article examines the ways to implement citizenship education in educational settings for individuals with cognitive disabilities. For their successful integration into society as contributing citizens, individuals with cognitive disabilities need self-determination skills such as autonomy, making choices, and self-regulation to be infused throughout their curriculum, and they should begin learning such skills as early as possible.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012
This study is examines how a critical-inquiry exercise in a social studies methods class transforms the content knowledge base related to a select group of historical figures for the preservice teachers. The findings reveal that preservice teachers have limited content knowledge bases. The author concludes that Preservice teachers must reach a level of critical consciousness before they can transform their social studies understandings and become transformative social studies educators.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012
This historical study traces the influence of John Dewey on the discourse of civic and social education during the formative years of the progressive education movement by focusing on the received Dewey. The author focuses qualitatively on the various ways in which Dewey was cited and used by leading and lesser-known civic and social educators during the formative years of the American curriculum, with particular focus on uses of Dewey to support social efficiency and social justice. In the tradition of historiography, the findings are reported in a chronological narrative.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2011
Learning from Young Adolescents: The Use of Structured Teacher Education Coursework to Help Beginning Teachers Investigate Middle School Students' Intellectual Capabilities
In this article, the authors discuss findings from a case study in which beginning secondary social studies teachers interviewed young adolescents with the goal of unearthing and possibly challenging the teachers' beliefs about middle school students’ capabilities in social studies. The results of this study suggest that the coursework showed potential for shifting teachers’ views of young adolescents’ intellectual capabilities and, in some cases, shaping new commitments to teaching middle school students.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2011
National Educational Technology Standards and Technology Beliefs and Practices of Social Studies Faculty: Results From a Seven-Year Longitudinal Study
This article describes the third administration of a survey of technology use among social studies teacher education faculty members across United States. The study explores the beliefs, practices, and efficacy of social studies faculty members in terms of instructional technology use. The findings demonstrate that familiarity with the National Educational Technology Standards, as well as confidence with technology, are related to the frequency and type of technology that social studies faculty members utilize in their courses.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011
This study presents Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip program as an instrumental case for generating a conceptual model for authentic VFTs that can be used to support the creation and utilization of additional VFTs in the social studies. The findings from this case provide important information for developing successful virtual field trips. In addition, the ensuing VFT model should be helpful for teachers and VFT developers.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011
Teaching Social Studies in the 21st Century: A Research Study of Secondary Social Studies Teachers' Instructional Methods and Practices
The purpose of this study was to examine how social studies is being taught in 21st-century social studies classrooms. 281 secondary social studies teachers from across the United States completed the online survey regarding their teaching practices. The data indicate that teachers clearly utilize passive methods more frequently than they do methods considered to be active and engaging. The actual classroom teaching practices of social studies teachers do not align with relevant literature supporting more authentic learning strategies, further expanding the gap between theory and research.
Updated: Jun. 26, 2011
The purpose of this research was to explore attitudes about and practices of preservice special and social studies education teachers toward coteaching. Two findings emerged in this study. First, the students were open minded about coteaching but had concerns about the process. Second, the students conceptualized their fields as separate spheres of knowledge and practice, quite isolated from each other, and they perceived their roles as coteachers as different as well.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
In this article,the authors focused on the civic learning experiences of high school students in two different communities to explore two interrelated ideas: 1. The power of congruence to encourage feelings of civic efficacy in youth. 2. The deep complexities of disjuncture for the civic learning experiences of youth. This project revealed both how civic action research can facilitate the connection between the curriculum and students' lives and how there are complexities in making such connections. Furthermore, congruence and disjuncture profoundly shaped these students' civic learning experiences.
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011