Abstract 4- Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007


Characteristics of STAR Secondary Social Studies Teachers: Relating Reality to Theory

Gloria A. Neubert
James B. Binko
Towson University


Teacher recruitment and retention are recurring topics of investigation. To clarify this topic at our own university, we conducted a study of 10 graduates previously selected as the stars, (i.e., outstanding, social studies student teachers in our program from 1994 to 2004). The following questions guided the study: Did they enter teaching, and did they remain? What, if any, are the characteristics they have in common and distinguish them as star teachers? Using qualitative processes involving guided interviews with the graduates as well as their supervisors, transcript analysis, triangulated data, and case analyses meetings, we were able to pose cogent answers to both questions, including nine characteristics related to content and pedagogical knowledge, as well as professional dispositions.

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About the Author(s)…

Gloria A. Neubert, Ph.D. is Professor of Secondary Education at Towson University. Her research interests include teacher education and content literacy. Dr. Neubert is the International Reading Association’s 2007 Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Contact information: gneubert@towson.edu, Towson University.

James B. Binko, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at Towson University. Dr. Binko is the 1999 Distinguished Geography Educator of the National Geographic Society and Dean Emeritus at Towson University. His research interests include social studies education and professional development schools. Dr. Binko earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Contact information: jbinko@towson.edu, Towson University.