ERIC Number: EJ694565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 25
Understanding Diversity through Social and Community Inquiry: An Action-Research Study
Hyland, Nora E.; Noffke, Susan E.
Journal of Teacher Education, v56 n4 p367-381 2005
This article describes a portion of a long-term, action-research project investigating the teaching of an elementary social studies methods course for preservice teachers from a social justice framework. Other major foci for the course are integrated with topics related specifically to social studies teaching and learning: cultural diversity, an inquiry orientation to teaching, and teaching for social justice. The authors describe and analyze the community and social inquiry assignments used to develop the concepts of marginalization and privilege within the course. By examining their students' developing understanding of marginality, the authors address particular aspects of assignments that seemed to facilitate and hinder this development, offering new understandings of their own practice as teacher educators for social justice. They frame their ongoing agenda for action research to develop learning experiences designed to promote political understanding among preservice teachers as rooted in the fight for social justice and offer suggestions for other teacher educators working to prepare teachers to teach for positive social change.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cultural Pluralism, Social Change, Assignments, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Justice, Action Research, Social Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Postsecondary Education
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