Where is the content? Elementary social studies in preservice field experiences

Andrea M. Hawkman, Antonio J. Castro, Linda B. Bennett, Lloyd H. Barrow

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Anecdotal evidence has long lamented the status of social studies in elementary classrooms as observed by preservice teachers. As standardized testing has risen for mathematics and language arts, social studies has been pushed aside. In the aftermath of accountability legislation such as No Child Left Behind, research indicates that social studies is less visible in elementary classrooms due to an instructional focus on tested content areas (e.g. math, language arts, reading). In this study, approximately 90 elementary preservice teachers enrolled in a social studies methods course responded to a survey and indicated the frequency and quality of lessons they observed over the course of a single semester. Findings report that preservice elementary teachers witnessed few, if any, lessons in social studies in the elementary classroom. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Studies Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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