ERIC Number: ED405232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Improving Pre-Service Training in Geography for Middle School Teachers: A University/School Partnership. Executive Summary and Final Report.
Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.
This document consists of a final report and executive summary. The report is that of a project involving eight college and university faculty who were given the responsibility of developing new versions of introductory level geography courses. The plan of the project involved bringing together college or university professors, local school curriculum personnel, and inservice teachers to develop pilot courses in introductory geography for preservice teachers in eight states. The goal of the project was to design and structure a course that would deliver basic geographic content in ways that would match the needs of school teachers who were expected to teach geography as a part of their social studies assignment. Because there has been an effort to revitalize geographic education by stressing the five fundamental themes of geography, the project members suggested that college geography courses be revamped so that they, too, stress the five themes. The project first identified eight centers of excellence that had the elements thought to be necessary: (1) documented linkages with a local or nearby school district; (2) willingness to provide released time on a matching basis with the project for the faculty involved; (3) willingness to reorganize course content; and (4) agreement to serve as a regional center to disseminate materials. Centers are listed and a timetable describes the project's activities in chronological order. The means for evaluating syllabi is discussed. Evaluation shows that the plans are effective for the courses for which they were designed. How transferable they will be to other contexts remains to be seen. (DK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.