ERIC Number: ED354098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Holistic Literacy: Voices Integrating Classroom Texts in Social Studies. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 64.
Hasbach, Corinna; And Others
As part of a larger examination of student perspectives in science, social studies and communication arts, this report uses qualitative methodology to explore two teacher-researchers' collaborative teaching of social studies and students' construction of meaning in social studies. Teacher-researchers involved in the overall study included two fifth-grade teachers, one third-grade teacher, two university professors, and three doctoral students in teacher education. A fifth-grade teacher and a doctoral student co-planned and co-taught a social studies class for 1 year. From a group of 47 fifth-grade students, 10 students were targeted for in-depth interviews in social studies; this report focused on 5 of the 10 students interviewed. Analysis centered on: (1) students' developing dispositions to think as social scientists; (2) their abilities to take a critical posture towards text (living, social, and academic text); and (3) their capacities to transfer social studies concepts to their own lives. Analysis of student interviews also focused on the concepts of perspective, racism, sexism, exploitation, discrimination, power, and empathy. Findings showed that students recognized multiple sources for authority in studying historical events, and that students integrated the concepts studied into their daily lives in different ways. Excerpts from student journals and interviews are included. (Contains 43 references.) (MM)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Cognitive Development, Critical Thinking, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Holistic Approach, Integrated Activities, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Learning Activities, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Student Relationship
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($7).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.