Abstract 10- Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 3, Winter 2008

 

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION

Integrating Social Studies and Science: A Natural or Unnatural Fit?

Joyce H. Burstein
David Kretschmer
California State University, Northridge

Abstract

Two elementary teacher educators redesigned a methods course to integrate social studies and science. Using the framework of science-technology-society (STS) literature and the major themes from Paul Hurd, social studies and science content and methodology converge to create an integrated curriculum for preservice teachers. Concepts, processes, content knowledge, skills, and critical issues are among the interrelated themes of the course. This paper describes the design of the course and discusses how preservice teachers internalized the content. In addition, the successes and challenges of creating and teaching the course along with implications for teacher education are discussed.

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About the Author(s)…

Joyce H. Burstein is an associate professor of social studies education in the Department of Elementary Education at California State University, Northridge. Her teaching and research interests include social studies, multicultural and arts education, and teacher networking and induction.

David Kretschmer is an Associate Professor of mathematics and science education in the Department of Elementary Education at California State University, Northridge. His research interests include elementary science curriculum development, conceptual change, and science content knowledge for teachers.

Primary contact mailing address: Department of Elementary Education, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330; phone: (818) 677-6850; email: joyce.burstein@csun.edu