ERIC Number: ED210229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Project Director's Report: Alternatives in Social Science Education, 1978-1980.
City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll.
The purpose of the teacher workshop described in this report was to disseminate information to junior and senior high school social studies classroom teachers and administrators regarding innovative educational materials and teaching methods available in social science disciplines. Forty-seven social studies teachers and administrators from New York City area schools, participated in the program. The program consisted of one-day long presentations in 1979 on anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and psychology and additional full-day conferences devoted to each of these disciplines scattered throughout the following year. Presentations were offered by teams consisting of a social scientist, an experienced teacher consultant, and the project director (a social science educator). Workshop participants were involved in a wide variety of activities, including viewing and analyzing social science topics, evaluating various teaching techniques and materials (including major texts, projects, and National Science Foundation sponsored programs in the social sciences). Pre- and posttest workshop surveys were undertaken to determine teachers' and administrators' familiarity with social science materials, willingness to try new materials and methods in the classroom, projected success in implementing new ideas (pre-workshop survey), and impact of the workshop on participants (follow-up surveys). Findings indicated that teachers and administrators possessed little familiarity with innovative social studies materials at the beginning of the workshop and that most teachers demonstrated an increase in awareness, familiarity, and intent to use new materials and teaching methods as a result of participation in the workshop. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll.
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