ERIC Number: ED320819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Social Studies Methods Course Instructor: Practictioner Researcher.
Adler, Susan A.
How best to prepare beginning tachers and what is meant by an adequately prepared teacher are issues that directly influence the structure and practice of teacher preparation programs. A critical review of recent research (1978-1988) on social studies methods classes, examined those with a focus on overall course design and those that focus on a specific practice. The studies cited did not contribute to a knowledge base in the empirical-analytic sense, and most of the work reviewed was based on the researchers' own teaching experiences. Research on particular components of social studies methods classes was particularistic and unsystematic with little building of one study upon another. There was no pattern to the data on the characteristics of the effective social studies methods classes. Samples were randomly selected from too narrow a population, jeopardizing the validity of generalizing to a wider population. None of the studies examined whether changes in attitudes had an impact on teaching practices. Recommendations for further study include developing alternative approaches to research, with the focus on intrapersonal processes and self-reports that can be a valid component of a broader set of research practices. Researchers must conduct a critical inquiry that questions, analyzes, and considers alternatives. (NL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).