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ERIC Number: ED475360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Negotiating Control and Protecting the Private: History Teachers and the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Smith, Ann Marie
This study investigated what Virginia high school social studies teachers thought about the new Standards of Learning (SOL) mandates. The grounded theory ethnographic study collected data through interviews with five teachers, observations of social studies department meetings and classes, and school system and SOL program documents. Findings show that teachers have not embraced the SOL tests. Their solutions varied from temporarily ignoring the tests to covering as much content as possible at the end of units. In spite of the SOL tests, teachers were able to maintain private professional goals for their students, such as teaching them to question historical facts while evaluating texts critically. Teachers indicated that they had not changed their teaching methods, but classroom observations suggested that they did hold occasional "cramming" sessions. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia