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Reflecting on elementary children's understanding of history and social studies: An inquiry project with beginning teachers in Northern Ireland and the United States.

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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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Abstract

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
ID Code:14824
Deposited By:Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:09 Aug 2010 11:32
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:44

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