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ERIC Number: EJ765196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Bridging Learning Communities: A Summer Workshop for Social Studies Teachers
Carpenter, James J.; Dublin, Thomas; Harper, Penelope
History Teacher, v38 n3 p361-369 May 2005
The Center for the Teaching of American History at Binghamton University has launched several programs that are designed to improve the quality of teaching history in the local schools. Central to this improvement has been the success of the summer workshops for teachers and librarians. Among the desired byproducts of this success have been greater links to and improved communication with those schools. The workshops themselves and the subsequent peer review conferences have reinforced a spirit of collaboration that is often lacking in professional development opportunities for teachers. There are perceptual differences that exist between university and public school faculty that need be bridged to make these workshops beneficial to all concerned. The authors believe their success in fostering a common goal, namely improving the teaching of American history, was due to three key factors: preparation, content, and collaboration (both with, and among, teachers). This paper describes their efforts in each of these areas. (Contains 21 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York