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ERIC Number: EJ948680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1752
Improving Learning through Performance Assessment in a Social Studies Methods Course for Preservice Elementary Teachers
Leaman, Heather; Kistler, Sara Lamb
SRATE Journal, v18 n2 p70-79 Sum 2009
This article describes how two instructors used assessment data to improve an undergraduate course, Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom. This entailed revising the core assignment for the course--the creation of a thematic unit of instruction--and developing a scoring guide to assess teacher candidates' performance. Data collected from the administration of the revised thematic unit assignment allowed the instructors to see specific areas where candidates experienced difficulty as they sought to design effective social studies instruction for elementary school students. As a result, the instructors made changes in the course assignment, as well as in their teaching, to improve candidate learning. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A