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ERIC Number: ED035583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 14
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Student Learnings from Sociology Project Materials According to Teacher Preparation in Sociology.
Hering, William M., Jr.
This paper reports on two studies based on classroom use of episode materials developed by Sociological Resources for the Social Studies (SRSS). The 2-week episodes are intended to introduce a sociological perspective into existing social studies courses. The studies were designed to explore the relationship, if any, between the amount of formal teacher preparation in sociology (i.e., the number of hours of exposure to preservice and inservice instruction in the discipline) and the effectiveness of the episode materials in promoting student learning. Both studies indicate "very little difference in student performance, when controlled for ability level, regardless of the level of teacher preparation in sociology." Among the possible conclusions suggested by the comparative studies are: "the materials produced by the SRSS project can be as effectively taught by teachers with considerable sociology and no special training as by teachers with considerable sociology and special training" (i.e., they are "teacher-proof materials"); the effects of special training and preparation in subject matter and methods cannot be measured in terms of student performance on objective, cognitive tests"; and "the national evaluation scheme of the SRSS project straightjacketed all teachers to such an extent that differences in preparation could not affect the results." (Author/JS)
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