Abstract 2- Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2008



Practicing Teachers as Elementary Social Studies Methods Instructors: Issues in Preparing Preservice Elementary Teachers

Brian K. Lanahan
College of Charleston

Elizabeth Anne Yeager
University of Florida


The threatened status of social studies instruction in elementary schools demands strong methods instruction to preserve the subject. This threatened status and other factors create issues specific to elementary social studies methods instruction. Moreover, university-level methods instruction can be idiosyncratic due to the various educational and professional backgrounds of the instructors. This study examined individuals serving in the “dual roles” of inservice teacher and elementary social studies methods instructor. While teaching the methods, participants encountered issues related to methods students, the filling of dual roles, and the status of elementary social studies and field placements. In addition, filling these dual roles facilitated their methods instruction through their ability to relate/react to methods students’ experiences and concerns.

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About the Author(s)…

Brian K. Lanahan is an assistant professor of education at the College of Charleston. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate social studies methods courses. His research interests include social studies methods in high-stakes testing environments, comparative democracy education and education in post-conflict countries. Contact information: College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424, 843-330-3393; phone (843) 330-3393; email: lanahanb@cofc.edu

Elizabeth Anne Yeager is Professor of Social Studies Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. She teaches graduate courses in social studies methods, global studies methods, and critical issues in democratic citizenship education. Her research interests include civic education, the teaching and learning of history, and wise practice in the teaching of social studies. Contact information: University of Florida, 2424 Norman Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611; phone: (352)392-9191, ext. 242; email: eyeager@coe.ufl.edu