ERIC Number: ED261917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Social Studies Content in the Primary Grades.
Larkins, A. G.; And Others
Study results provided a grim picture of preservice elementary school teachers' knowledge of social studies content. Participating in the study were 234 juniors and seniors at the University of Georgia and the University of Southern Mississippi. The sample was composed primarily of white, southern, conservative, female education majors who had some field experience, but who had neither taken social studies methods nor student teaching. Participants were given a test to determine if they possessed the knowledge contained in three popular elementary social studies textbook series. Results showed that preservice teachers are ill-prepared to handle the civic education of young children. The test that they were given had a content validity for texts used in grades 1-4 and might be considered a simple test for American adults who have a college education. Yet, applying grading standards used in elementary schools, none of the college seniors would obtain A's on the text, and 40 percent would obtain D's or F's. The study sample performed even worse when asked to identify the general contents of important Constitutional Amendments, or to identify the location of selected states. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).