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ERIC Number: EJ1006532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0885-985X
Structure, Citizenship, and Professionalism: Exploring Rationale Development as Part of Graduate Education in Social Studies
Hawley, Todd S.; Pifel, A. Robert; Jordan, Adam W.
Journal of Social Studies Research, v36 n3 p245-262 Sum 2012
This article details an interpretive, qualitative interview study that explored rationales developed by seven social studies graduate students, all experienced teachers, at a large Midwestern university. Interviews revealed three common themes regarding the influence of the rationale development process. The three themes were: providing structure, connecting purpose and practice, and improving professionalism. The themes demonstrate the complex nature of articulating a sense of purpose, even for experienced teachers. While similar, there were considerable differences in the ways the participants conceptualized their purposes. Untangling these differences has implications for social studies teacher educators interested in integrating rationale development into their work with experienced teachers.
International Society for the Social Studies. University of Central Florida College of Education, Suite 123M P.O. Box 161250, Orlando, FL 32816. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A