ERIC Number: ED115526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What Teachers Need: Assessing the Professional and Academic Preparedness of Teachers for Their Roles as Political Educators.
Hepburn, Mary A.
In an effort to assess teacher preparation for political education, elementary and junior high school teachers in the metropolitan Atlanta area were surveyed to determine their backgrounds and professional needs for political/civic education. Three hundred and one teachers of fifth, sixth, and seventh grades responded to the questionnaire. The study revealed minimal academic preparation in political science, with the overwhelming majority of the teachers reporting American government as the single course in their college education. A full 20 percent of the teachers reported that they had no undergraduate training in political science. As means of improving their professional competencies, the majority of teachers expressed a definite preference for more practical, on-the-job improvement programs as opposed to graduate and summer studies. The teachers indicated that they most desired brief, flexible curriculum materials that deal with political aspects of current social issues. Few called for the usual hardback social studies textbook. As for teaching aids, the middle grade teachers expressed the most interest in guidelines to classroom activities that would provide students with opportunities to participate in group decision making and problem solving. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Civics, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Junior High Schools, Political Science, Professional Training, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)