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ERIC Number: ED431709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Collaborative Efforts Result in a Successful Field Based Program for the Preparation of Secondary Teachers in Social Studies.
Askins, Billy E.; Logan, Neal; Nelson, Jill
Collaborative efforts by Texas Tech University (TTU) and the Lubbock Independent School District (ISD) resulted in an innovative program to improve the preparation of secondary-level preservice teachers in social studies. The program is grounded in the realities of the social studies classroom. Students are organized by teaching field in a six-semester-hour block which meets in a Professional Development School (PDS). The curriculum includes: an overview of policies, practices, and perspectives on schools in Texas; local school orientation sessions; classroom assignments/observations; local curriculum documents; infusing the teaching of thinking into the curriculum; methods, techniques, and evaluation procedures appropriate to teach various subjects in social studies; adapting textbooks for students with learning disabilities; and developing various projects pertaining to the state accountability program (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills) by using the social studies objectives and measurement specifications. The social studies cohort has also added learning experiences outside the classroom through trips to the Museum of TTU, the Ranching Heritage Center, and the Lubbock Lake Landmark with the objective of teaching how various types of museums act as resources to teach social studies. A unique feature of this program is the role and support provided by the principal and preservice mentor at the PDS and the coordinator of secondary language and social studies of the Lubbock ISD. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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