ERIC Number: ED314489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Social Studies Teachers in Nevada.
Vergiels, John M.; Snow, Mary B.
Data on the type and quality of preparation, types of licenses and endorsements held, and current teaching situation of teachers have not regularly been collected in Nevada. This study represents an effort to develop a profile of social studies teachers in Nevada. All 586 secondary school social studies teachers in Nevada received the study questionnaire, developed by a panel of experienced teachers and coordinators. The final overall response rate was 80% (N=469). Most social studies teachers (67%) received their training out-of-state; 65% held at least one major in social studies and 57% had master's degrees, although three-quarters of these were in areas other than social studies. Most social studies teachers (76%) were located in urban schools, and 49% worked in senior high schools. Almost half (48%) taught five or more classes, but 25% taught only one or two social studies classes. Class sizes of over 30 were taught by 45% of the teachers. Almost 25% of these teachers had never participated in any social studies-related professional activities. Nineteen percent had engaged in only one such activity. The diverse backgrounds and comparative lack of participation in professional activities suggest that the Nevada State Department of Education should provide more coordinated services for social studies teacher development. Appendix A contains the survey questionnaire, and appendix B provides graphs of the types of classes taught. Six tables containing data from the survey and 12 figures are provided. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada