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ERIC Number: ED080505
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Classroom vs. Peer Pre-Student Teaching Experience.
Giannangelo, Duane M.
This study compared two approaches of teaching an undergraduate social studies methods course for prospective elementary teachers. Experimental Group I, consisting of 20 elementary education majors, participated in the planning and teaching of the current social studies program in their student teaching situation. Experimental Group II, consisting of 44 elementary education majors, had no contact with pupils in the social studies area of the curriculum prior to student teaching. A control group of 18 students had no social studies instruction or student teaching experience. The groups were compared in two areas: a) knowledge regarding the techniques, strategies, and methods for teaching social studies and b) teaching proficiency in the social studies area of the curriculum during the student teaching experience. Analysis of the data indicated that Experimental Group II made statistically significant gains over Group I in the first area of comparison. In the second area of comparison, there was no significant difference between the two groups, but Group I showed a significant gain in proficiency when tested at the end of the teaching experience. (Five tables of statistical data are included along with a 3-item bibliography.) (Author/BRB)
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