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ERIC Number: EJ933484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Bridging the Gap: On Ways to Improve Collaboration between Secondary Teachers and University Professors
Juarez-Dappe, Patricia
History Teacher, v44 n2 p251-259 Feb 2011
The importance of content-focused professional development for high school teachers has been widely recognized by educators and legislators. Professionals in education at all levels have long argued for more contacts between secondary and post-secondary instructors as one important way to improve subject matter mastery. In response to this call, professional development activities that emphasize collaboration between high school teachers and university faculty have increased significantly in recent years. Collaboration between high school teacher and university instructor is not only essential for the successful teaching of history, but is also indispensable to keep the curriculum current. One opportunity to strengthen academic links between secondary and post-secondary instructors emerged in 2009. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences made available resources for the creation of a pilot program intended to foster collaboration between the History Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and high school teachers in the San Fernando Valley area. The major component of this effort included the organization of professional development workshops for teachers. This essay reports on the results of the pilot project, with the hope that it will facilitate the job of others contemplating the creation of similar programs. After addressing the main aspects surrounding the program's organization, the last section of the report focuses on some adjustments made during the second year. As a result of ongoing funding from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the positive response from teachers and faculty, the pilot has become a continuing program in the College and entered into its third semester in 2010. (Contains 18 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California