ERIC Number: EJ908139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
The Social Studies Methods Course: What Do Teacher Candidates Know and Want to Know about Teaching Social Studies?
Waring, Scott M.
Educational Research and Evaluation, v16 n5 p437-449 Oct 2010
During the past decade, there has been more than an adequate amount of research addressing issues regarding social studies methods courses. However, the apparent void is that there is no clear understanding of what pedagogical content knowledge or understanding of pedagogical approaches teacher candidates bring with them to social studies methods courses or what they expect from their time in social studies methods courses. The purpose of this study is to determine the mentality of the typical social studies methods course student, as he or she enters a social studies methods course. Employing analytic induction (Bogdan & Biklen, 2007; Erikson, 1986; Patton, 2002) and content analysis (Patton, 2002) to analyze and interpret the data, 9 categories for what the students know and 8 for what the students wanted to know were constructed. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Content Analysis, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level, Familiarity, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Student Educational Objectives, Student Teacher Attitudes, Expectation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A