Abstract 6- Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008



Integrating Women’s History in Social Studies: Lessons Learned from a College/School Partnership

Sarah D. Bair
Dickinson College


This article describes a collaborative effort between a teacher educator, an inservice teacher, and a preservice teacher to develop a program for integrating women’s history in an eighth-grade early American History course. Using the results of a survey given to social studies teachers within the local district, they designed a program intended to address primary barriers to the integration of women’s history in the curriculum. Teacher-identified barriers included a lack of quality resources and a lack of time as well as a need to conform to district curriculum and state standards and a lack of content knowledge in women’s history among teachers. In addition to a description of the project, the article provides a discussion of lessons learned through the process.

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About the Author(s)…

Sara D. Bair is an Assistant Professor of Education at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Her primary research interests are Women’s History, history of social education, Black History in curriculum (early 20th century). Dr. Bair’s academic background includes receiving a BA in history from Albright College, completing her MA in history at Shippensburg University, and earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Social Studies from Penn State University. Contact information is Dickinson College. Dept. of Education, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013, (717) 245-1194 (office) & (717) 245-1215 (fax), and Email bairs@dickinson.edu