McCully, Alan, Barton, K.C. and Marks, M.J. (2004) Reflecting on elementary children's understanding of history and social studies: An inquiry project with beginning teachers in Northern Ireland and the United States. Journal of Teacher Education, 55 (55). pp. 70-90. [Journal article]
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beginning teachers in Northern ireland and the United states conducted structured inquiry projects in which they investigated elementary children's understanding of history and social studies. Interviews with the teachers and analysis of their written assignments indicate that these investigations challenged their beliefs about children's prior knowledge and their own instructional techniques. Teachers intially believed that inadequate cogniative development and lack of background knowledge limited children's ability to understand history and social studies; however, after taking part in these projects, they developed a new appreciation for childrens' prior ideas and a clearer commitment to their own role in building on that knowledge. These findings suggest that structured investigations, focused on specific disciplinary content, have the potential to encourage beginning teachers' reflection on their students' cognition and to enhance their own sense of professional responsibility.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Keywords:||History; Social Studies; teacher preparation; teacher reflection; action research|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Social Sciences|
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Institute for Research in Social Sciences|
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
|Deposited By:||Dr Alan McCully|
|Deposited On:||09 Aug 2010 10:32|
|Last Modified:||15 Jun 2011 09:44|
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