Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008
The State of K-12 Social Studies Instruction in Ohio
This study describes the complex state of social studies instruction in Ohio. It explores teacher conceptualizations of the purpose of social studies and the impact of state standards and high-stakes testing on the citizenship mission of social studies. Understanding the impact of state standards and high-stakes testing on the citizenship mission of social studies is essential for teachers as they attempt to respond to this mission while simultaneously ensuring student mastery of prescribed content. Unfortunately, the findings show that teachers may not recognize the congruence of this mission with state standards and high-stakes testing. Although some of the instructional strategies the teachers in this study reported using were aligned with Ohio’s goals, other pedagogical issues, such as infrequent attention to multiple perspectives, lack of document analysis, and infrequent attention to economic concepts require attention.
About the Author(s)…
Frans H. Doppen is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at Ohio University in Athens, OH.
Thomas Misco is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Nancy P. Patterson is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.
Primary contact mailing address: Department of Teacher Education, 210B McCracken, Athens, OH 45701; phone: (740) 593-0254; email: firstname.lastname@example.org