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ERIC Number: ED168965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of Social Education.
Nelson, Jack L.; Palonsky, Stuart
Results of a study to determine preservice teachers' perception and understanding of social studies are examined. Fourteen undergraduate students who had completed student teaching were interviewed. Results indicated that students were confused about the nature of the field. The data showed the continuing domination of the field by history--most students majored in history, taught it during student teaching, and perceived it as the subject most likely to be taught and of primary importance in social studies. Respondents did not seem sure of their answers concerning social studies definition, purpose, and content. Some held the primary purpose to be indoctrination, the content to be history, and the definition to include social sciences, issues, and human interaction. Others considered the purpose to inspire critical thinking, the content to be history, and the definition to be humans and the environment. No respondents indicated social action, social criticism, or personal development as purpose, content, or definition. In addition, respondents did not indicate familiarity with the literature in the field. The study raises a number of questions concerning teacher education, curriculum, teaching decisions, and the long term effect of this confusion on teaching. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Conference for the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 1979)