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ERIC Number: EJ824221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Civics in Elementary Teacher Education
Silva, Diane Yendol; Mason, Terrence C.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v31 n3 p366-397 Sum 2003
This paper addresses the importance of preparing prospective teachers for their responsibilities as future civic educators. Specifically, the authors explore children's construction of civic knowledge, identify a civics pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), outline four guiding principles that contribute to the development of civics PCK within a teacher education program, and present examples of civics-centered teacher education at two major public universities. The paper concludes by sharing prospective teachers' understandings of civics concepts garnered from their teacher preparation programs, and the authors present unresolved issues and caveats with regard to the challenge of preparing civic educators within large scale teacher education programs. (Contains 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A