Abstract 17- Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

 

 

Fact or Fiction: Is Social Studies “History” in North Carolina’s Elementary Schools?

Tina L. Heafner
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Amy J. Good
Katherine A. O’Connor
East Carolina University

Jeff Passe
Tracy Rock
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Sandra P. Byrd
University of North Carolina-Asheville

Sandra B. Oldendorf
Eric Groce
Appalachian State University

Abstract

Elementary students in North Carolina are not required to take social studies standardized tests. As a result, assumptions about social studies instruction have emerged. The assumptions represent perceptions or misperceptions about whether the subject is being taught, whether it is valued, and whether there are pressures to ignore social studies to focus on tested subjects. Data from a multi-university, longitudinal study examining the state of social studies in elementary grades are highlighted. Selected findings from the statewide research provide a framework for considering the assumptions. Recommendations suggest a team approach to advocating for the social studies.

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About the Author(s)…

Tina L. Heafner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Contact info: theafner@uncc.edu

Amy J. Good is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Carolina University. Contact info: gooda@ecu.edu

Katherine A. O’Connor
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Carolina University. Contact info: oconnork@ecu.edu

Jeff Passe is Professor of Reading and Elementary Education at UNC-Charlotte. He served as NCSS President in 2005-2006.

Tracy Rock
is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Sandra P. Byrd is Assistant Provost for Graduate and Continuing Education and an associate professor of Education at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Contact info:    sbyrd@unca.edu

Sandra B. Oldendorf
is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University.

Eric Groce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Appalachian State University. Contact info: groceec@appstate.edu