Abstract 1, Volume 9, Number 3, Winter 2014

History Through a Child’s Eye:

Pre-service Teachers Making Sense of Children’s Understandings

Cheryl Mason Bolick

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cheryl Torrez

University of New Mexico

Meghan McGlinn Manfra

North Carolina State University

A team of five researchers set out to document pre-service teachers’ experiences interviewing elementary-aged children about social studies topics.  Nearly 200 pre-service teachers across three universities participated in this longitudinal study.  Collected data include: course readings, syllabi, and pre-service teachers’ History Through a Child’s Eye essays.  Themes from the data include: pre-service teachers’ understanding of multiple perspectives, integration of digital primary sources, and development of historical evidences based upon evidences.

Keywords: teacher education, elementary methods, elementary social studies, social studies, teaching history, young learners

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