ERIC Number: ED213629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Challenges in Professional Development and Outreach.
Felder, B. Dell
This paper discusses what colleges and universities can do to improve the capacity of the public schools to deliver quality education in social studies and other areas to America's children. The quality of public education can be improved by changing the system for delivering education and by improving the quality of teaching. Colleges and universities can give direction and provide leadership for the development of both these changes through research, teaching, and service. First, higher education institutions can conduct research to establish the efficacy of new delivery systems such as mini-computers for education and then help incorporate these new or improved systems into the existing school patterns. Secondly, better teacher training programs are needed. Colleges must insist on extended periods for teacher training, pushing for fifth and sixth year programs. Also, more teacher training needs to take place in the real school setting. Thirdly, recalling how social studies educators in Texas were unable recently to stop the passage of a bill that abolished social studies textbooks in the primary grades, the author stresses the pressing need for social studies educators to join together to provide a model for social studies nationwide. Social studies educators must communicate what they stand for, devise teacher training programs, and direct their research and service efforts toward implementing that model. They must collectively agree on what social studies is supposed to do for students in the schools and decide how teachers of social studies must behave if they are to produce those outcomes. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; 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 (Detroit, MI, November 20, 1981).