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ERIC Number: EJ793519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Pedagogic Creed as Foundation: An Approach to Teaching Social Studies Methods
Evans, Ronald W.
Social Studies, v99 n2 p57-59 Mar-Apr 2008
This article describes the evolution of the author's approach to teaching a secondary social studies methods course over an eighteen-year period. Earlier in his career, the author imposed a reflective, issues-centered approach to teaching social studies as the preferred model of teaching. As a result of a combination of his own professional growth and the persistence of a few students who resisted the reflective, issues-centered model, the author revamped the methods course with positive results. The newer iteration of the course involves a deeper exploration of alternative curricular paths through which each prospective teacher is challenged to develop his or her own choice of philosophical orientation and concomitant teaching practices. The author also discusses specific readings, writing assignments, and other course activities used in the methods course. The author concludes that problematizing teachers' pedagogical and curricular choices encourages freedom and experimentation and treats beginning teachers as thoughtful intellectuals engaged in a search for meaningful theory and practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A