ERIC Number: ED307217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation of Secondary-School History Teachers. Third Edition Revised.
Cole, Donald B.; Pressly, Thomas
This document is addressed to individuals concerned with the preparation of history teachers at the secondary-school level. The role of history is to provide a critical approach to the past, not simply to store and transmit the data society wants remembered. In order to produce effective teachers, a program of preparation depends, in part, upon the selection of individuals who possess the intellectual potential for becoming good history teachers. High school and college teachers should play a more active role in encouraging some individuals to become teachers while discouraging others. A model four-year undergraduate program for the preparation of secondary-school history teachers is suggested. A teacher's general educational background, approximately one-third of the program, should include courses in the general areas of language, literature, the arts, philosophy, mathematics, natural science, history, religion, social and behavioral science. Studies in history and closely-related disciplines should comprise about one-half of the program. It is recommended that a prospective history teacher take an undergraduate major in history. He/she should take at least 27 semester hours in subjects closely related to history, preferably concentrated in one humanistic and one social or behavioral science discipline. Several conceptions of teacher training are discussed as the final one-sixth component of the program. Ideally, teacher education should be spread over five years in programs such as a Master of Arts in Teaching program. Supplementary programs of preparation are discussed and cooperation/coordination of effort between secondary and college history teachers is recommended. (GEA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Historical Association, Washington, DC. Teaching Div.