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ERIC Number: ED152625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-26
Pages: 10
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A Practicum Approach to Elementary School Social Studies through a Methods Block Structure.
Robinson, Evelyn
This paper describes a methods course block that combines several basic education courses and provides gradual increases in student teaching time. The course contains the methods instruction for music, science, language arts/reading, social studies, and physical education. The class meets on campus for instruction three to four weeks at the beginning, teaches in primary classrooms for two weeks, returns to campus for mid-term examinations and further instruction for three or four weeks, enters upper elementary classrooms for three weeks, and finally returns to campus for review, evaluation, and finals. The course is taught by a team of four or five professors. Physical education and music specialists teach and supervise their subject areas. Professors with specialties in elementary curriculum teach the language arts/reading and the content fields of science and social studies. Each professor supervises both areas in the practicum. School administrators, teachers, and students indicate the course is a beneficial experience. Teachers can observe newer teaching techniques and content first hand or meet to discuss problems with university professors. Although there are problems because of the time involved for both professors and students, course evaluations and observations suggest combining methods courses allows enough time for a lengthy student teaching experience. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23-26, 1977)