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Social studies and social sciences teachers'views

Horsthuis, M.E.M. (2020) Social studies and social sciences teachers'views.

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Abstract:The discretionary powers of teachers should not be underestimated, because they daily give substance to the curriculum by choosing to avoid or highlight certain concepts (Lipsky, 2010). The diverse personal and political experiences and preferences of teachers influence their teaching practices (1998, in Jeliazkova 2015, p, 22). Therefore, this study aims to map different views and characteristics of secondary school teachers about their subjects social sciences and/or social studies, to explain how these teachers give substance to varying degrees of discretionary space. A similar research design of that of Jeliazkova (2015) was used to conduct the current study. A total of 43 statements, related to the subjects of social studies and social sciences, politics, and society, were ranked (prioritized) by fourteen social studies and/or social sciences teachers, of which most are located in the East of the Netherlands. In addition, most of the respondents were interviewed and asked about their thoughts and views, while ranking the statements. The results of this study show three clear ideal types of views among these social sciences and/or social studies teachers. The groups of teachers are called ‘the active teachers’, ‘the tender teachers’, and ‘the relaxed teachers.’
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/83608
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