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ERIC Number: EJ1022445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
What Preservice Social Studies Teachers (Don't) Know about Politics and Current Events--And Why It Matters
Journell, Wayne
Theory and Research in Social Education, v41 n3 p316-351 2013
This article reports findings from a 3-year study on preservice middle and secondary social studies teachers' common content knowledge of politics and current events. Surveys showed that both groups were generally uninformed about these issues, and on almost all measures, the middle-grades preservice teachers performed worse than those in the secondary program. Interviews were conducted with preservice teachers in both groups, and although they articulated a vision of teaching social studies that included relating content to politics and current events, most of the preservice teachers admitted that their habits related to acquiring this type of content knowledge were not sufficient to enact that vision in their classrooms. The author argues that these preservice teachers' lack of political and social awareness is a product of their intellectual dispositions as opposed to a deficiency in their content preparation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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