ERIC Number: EJ1128130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Museum Trunks: Making an Impact on Future Teachers of Social Studies
Seeger, Victoria; Wall, Timothy J.; Herr, Lois J.
Journal of Museum Education, v41 n2 p131-140 2016
Providing hands-on experiences for teacher candidates is just as critical as facilitating opportunities for children in an elementary classroom to engage in interaction with reproductions about historical events and the past. Bringing museum trunks from the Kansas Museum of History into the pre-service classroom allows teacher candidates to construct and augment knowledge about history topics while also promoting effective and best practices for future generations of students. While not a replacement for field trips, in an era of scarce funds and time allotted for field trips, historical trunks can provide just the "hook" to inspire future teachers to use hands-on learning during social studies instruction. Finally, through written reflections by teacher candidates about experiences with the trunks allows a "window" through which to view the impact of the trunks.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Museums, Social Studies, Critical Thinking, Experiential Learning, Elementary School Students, Field Trips, Teacher Education Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas
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