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ERIC Number: ED368600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership in the Social Studies.
Ediger, Marlow
This paper suggests that leadership is needed to assist teachers in doing an excellent job of teaching social studies. The principal or supervisor must provide the necessary leadership. This leader needs to observe teaching and learning situations frequently in the classroom setting. Teaching suggestions are provided by the leader to teachers so that pupils more fully attain the objectives of instruction in the social studies. To be a leader, one needs knowledge and experience, as well as appropriate attitudes to modify, revise, and improve the present methods. Staff development is a salient item to stress in updating the social studies. The leader may survey social studies teachers to determine what should be stressed in staff development. If a new curriculum is being proposed for the school, the leader must: (1) present it meaningfully to teachers; (2) answer questions in a clear, concise manner; (3) respect the thinking of participants; (4) invite discussions and active participation; and (5) try to improve communication among leaders and faculty. Workshop methods to improve the social studies are quite effective if quality procedures are used. Five themes are suggested around which to base a workshop. Sample problems pertaining to one of the sample themes are listed. Workshops need to be appraised by participants in terms of meeting teacher needs. Faculty meetings are recommended as beneficial to participants in improving the social studies. Teachers can provide feedback to the rest of the faculty on how well the teaching suggestions worked out in the classroom. (DK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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