ERIC Number: ED426029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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A Contemporary Profile of Elementary Social Studies Educators: Their Beliefs, Perceptions, and Classroom Practices in the 1990s.
Haas, Mary E.; Laughlin, Margaret A.
This study examines the characteristics, concerns, and practices of elementary teachers who are members of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). The paper describes the process of data gathering through a review of the literature and a mailing of questionnaires to members of NCSS who identified themselves as elementary-focused in social studies. Only 98 of 114 questionnaires returned from the 432 mailed were eligible to be included in the data analysis. The study cautions that non-NCSS members may provide a different perspective of elementary social studies than the respondents in this study. The research provides for the respondents the demographic data, professional and leadership social studies activities, views and concerns for social studies, and approach to teaching social studies. Three open-response questions were asked related to the instructional process including the topics being studies, the resources used, and procedures for dealing with individual differences in interests and abilities. The study makes specific recommendations for strengthening the teaching of social studies in methods courses for teachers, a stronger role for NCSS in advocating more elementary instruction of the social studies, and further research on the topic of social studies instruction in the schools. Contains 17 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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