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ERIC Number: ED554495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-3050-9
Professional Development of History Content and Skills: Measuring Effects on Teachers and Students
Wanser, Teresa J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
National and local standards in history are evolving from standards on history content to standards on critical thinking and analyzing historical documents. The purpose of this research was to determine the effects of professional development received by K-12 teachers on infusing historical thinking skills into their history instruction. Changes in teacher use and application as well as impacts on students' self-efficacy were examined. Forty-eight (48) teachers from a mid-western public school district participated in an accredited masters of historical studies degree program at a mid-western liberal arts university. The two and one-half years masters degree program infused historical thinking skills and pedagogy into the program of studies for all teacher participants. Over the course of the program, data were collected from teachers at three points in time measuring changes in competence of their knowledge, use, and student use of historical thinking skills, as well as their ability to apply historical thinking skills to their own learning. On measures of competence and skill application, findings indicate that teachers' skills and competence improved significantly (p < 0.05). On a measure of student self-efficacy, findings indicate that students of participating teachers improved significantly (p < 0.05). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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