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ERIC Number: ED178437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-8
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The Status of the Secondary Social Studies Methods Course in Arkansas.
Robinson, Paul
Results of a survey are presented concerning the status of social studies methods courses at undergraduate institutions in Arkansas. There are 16 colleges which provide teaching certificates at the secondary level in Arkansas; all include the social studies as one of their certification areas. All 16 responded to the author's questionnaire. It was found that 11 of the 16 institutions offer an undergraduate secondary social studies methods course. A variety of textbooks is used, as well as materials from social studies projects, simulations and games, case studies, and audiovisual materials. Approximately 70% of the courses make use of materials from the National Council for the Social Studies, and two-thirds of the courses incorporate materials from the Arkansas Council for the Social Studies. An estimated 60% of the students in programs leading toward initial certification in the social studies are supervised in practice teaching by the same person who taught them social studies methods. Course syllabi reveal striking differences in the way the methods courses are organized. The conclusion is that there is a need for communication among social studies methods instructors in Arkansas. Information should be shared on the merits of different textbooks, ways to integrate field-based components into the regular courses, and the need to develop competency-based courses. (AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas
Note: Paper presented at Annual Convention of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (8th, Little Rock, AR, November 8, 1979)