Abstract 12- Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007

 

 

The Voice of Reason: Social Studies Pre-service Teachers Debrief Their Initial Experiences with Technology Integration

Kathleen Swan
Joan Mazur
Lina Trullinger
David Brock
Amanda Ross
April Holman
Josh Yost

University of Kentucky

Abstract

In this article, we feature six students’ initial efforts at developing technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK). Five new teachers—four from social studies and one from English/humanities—developed lesson plans that attempt to integrate their own experiences, their evolving teaching skills, and technology expertise (at varying levels) within standards-based content/curriculum requirements. In part, our goal as teacher educators is to begin to consider what kinds of issues our new teachers face as they negotiate their understandings of TPCK. Moreover, we ourselves are negotiating an understanding of how to best debrief them as they reflect on practice and the meaning of technological pedagogical content knowledge in the school context.

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About the Author(s)…

Kathleen Swan is an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky in the School of Education and a former high school social studies teacher. Dr. Swan’s research includes examining strategies for training pre-service and in-service social studies teachers to effectively use educational technology in social studies instruction. She regularly presents her work at national and state conferences and in a variety of education journals including International Journal of Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and Learning and Leading with Technology.  She can be contacted through email: kswan@uky.edu

Joan Mazur is an associate professor in the Instructional Systems Design program. Dr. Mazur’s current research interests focus on the design and use of emergent interactive media and visualization environments to support teaching, learning, curriculum design, and teacher development in a variety of instructional contexts. She currently has grants from NSF and NIOSH and collaborates with the following departments: computer science, engineering, preventive medicine, and on numerous technology-based projects.  She can be contacted through email: jmazur@uky.edu

Lina Trullinger is a recent graduate of the Master’s with Initial Certification program in Social Studies at the University of Kentucky. She received her BA in 2004 from Bucknell University, majoring in philosophy and political science. Her interest in teaching social studies has been cultivated by growing up in developing countries all around the world, including Haiti and Nepal. She also enjoys finding creative ways to integrate technology into the classroom, using tools such as podcasts and blogs. She can be contacted through email: lntrullin@uky.edu

David Brock is a recent graduate of the Master’s with Initial Certification program in Social Studies at the University of Kentucky. He received his BA at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2003 with a major Political Science. Before returning to school, David worked as a reporter for a small town newspaper in Eastern Kentucky. Writing remains a primary interest, and he has worked as a community columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and freelanced as a copywriter. He has recently joined teachNOLA, a corps of fifty teachers who will work in New Orleans public schools. David was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky. He can be contacted through email: brockd1@hotmail.com

Amanda Ross recently graduated with a Master’s with Initial Certification in English Language Arts from the University of Kentucky. Before entering education, she completed a Master’s degree in English where she focused on her combined interests in 19th Century British Literature, humanities computing (hypermedia), and body image and identity issues. During her tenure in English, Amanda taught ENG 101 and ENG 102 and completed her SACs (Southern Association of Colleges) accreditation. Amanda also completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and was Senior Laboratory Technician in a research lab the researched the affects of alcohol on older drinkers and the affects of nicotine usage in poly-substance abusers. Amanda will be teaching at Eldorado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the fall. She was born and raised in Clarkston, Washington, and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, at thirteen where she attended high school. She can be contacted through email: mandy.ross@gmail.com

April Holman is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky, where she received a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Education.  She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2004, after which, she attended the University of Kentucky College of Law for one year. After her first year of law school, April realized her passion for history and youth could better be served through teaching. She will be teaching 11th grade U.S. history next year at East Jessamine High School, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. April was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She can be contacted through email: apryl265@aim.com

Josh Yost is a recent graduate of the Master’s with Initial Certification program in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Kentucky. He received his BA at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, a major in political science and a minor in history. Upon entering UK, Josh received a full academic scholarship, the Otis A. Singletary Scholarship at the University of Kentucky. Josh also received the Charles T. Wethington Fellowship for first year graduate students at UK to fund his graduate work. Josh will be teaching at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Kentucky, this upcoming fall.  Josh was born and raised in Manchester, Kentucky.  He can be contacted through email: josh.yost@uky.edu