ERIC Number: ED194434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of History in the Public High Schools of Iowa. Condensed Version.
Carroll, William E.; And Others
This is a condensed version of a report of a survey of secondary history courses and teachers in Iowa. The survey was undertaken as an initial step toward understanding and improving Iowa history instruction. Data was gathered from the Department of Public Instruction. Questionnaires were sent to every superintendent and to every high school teacher responsible for one or more courses in history. Other reports and studies were also examined and high schools visited. Forty six and five tenths percent of the teachers and 75 percent of the superintendents answered and returned the questionnaires. Findings include the following. Although Iowa high schools are required by state law to offer courses on the cultures of other peoples and nations, they do not offer enough of these courses and do not produce students who adequately understand Western Civilization. What is taught and how well depends directly upon the individual teachers. Eighty seven percent of Iowa teachers are male. One reason for this may be the close relationship between history and coaching athletics. This relationship is analyzed in the report. Current regulations and practices in teacher certification are then examined. In 1977-78, 36 percent of the teachers had only an "all social studies" approval for teaching. Included among the report's recommendations are the following. One year of world history should become a state-mandated, high school curricular requirement. A review of the variety of ways in which the state requirement for U.S. history is met should be undertaken. Superintendents and local school boards should reevaluate their hiring practices and cease to consider the ability to coach a sport the most important criterion in the hiring of a teacher. A major study of the role of athletics in Iowa high schools should be undertaken. An organization of teachers of history in Iowa should be created. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the CUFA session of the National Council for the Social Studies (New Orleans, LA, November 26, 1980).