ERIC Number: ED355152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Stories of the American Revolution Period: Comparisons of Two Fifth-Grade Teachers' Curriculum Mediation Practices. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 67.
VanSledright, Bruce A.
Authors who have reviewed the literature on teaching and learning in U.S. history and in social studies have argued that a need exists for comparative case studies of teachers' history and social studies teaching practices and the influence that these practices have on students, especially at the elementary school level. This report, which is based on case studies of how two fifth grade teachers taught their students about the U.S. Revolutionary period, summarizes the teachers' teaching practices and compares them, noting how one teacher taught about the period as important in its own right, for its value in acquiring and appreciation of the past, while the other teacher taught about the period as an effort to help her students learn about the importance of historical knowledge as a tool in solving problems and making decisions. The report also outlines how these different teaching practices influenced what students learned and how they described their experiences with the unit. The report concludes by arguing that the teacher who encouraged students to think about the U.S. Revolutionary period as knowledge to be used as a problem-solving tool offered a richer set of learning opportunities than the other teacher. A list of 58 references is included and 5 appendixes provide the following materials: (1) the structured teacher interview protocol used for the study; (2) a sample K-W-L form for students asking three questions: (What do I know now about the American Revolution? What do I want to know? What have I learned?); (3) a pre-unit student interview protocol; (4) a post-unit student interview protocol; and (5) five tables giving a comparative analysis of the completed K-W-L forms and the two student interview protocols. (Author/LBG)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Research, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Outcomes of Education, Revolutionary War (United States), Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Teaching Models, United States History, Units of Study
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 ($9).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For other titles in this series, see SO 022 981-987.