Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Education and Certification of History Teachers: Trends, Problems, and Recommendations.

The Education and Certification of History Teachers: Trends, Problems, and Recommendations. This is an informative article whic reviews how history teachers are certified in the USA.

From the site:

History teachers who know their subject matter well are indispensable to schools striving to hold students to higher academic standards. This is a major concern for teacher education in history, according to a recent national conference of teacher educators, academic historians, K-12 classroom history teachers, and members of state and local governing boards.

The major theme of the conference was that if, according to the standards-based strategy for democratic school reform, all students in every school are to be offered an equally solid and engaging study of history, then all teachers need equally rigorous preparation to teach them. The problems treated at the conference were how to explore the conditions under which subject matter mastery can be nurtured among history teachers, and how to determine the changes needed to bring about and sustain those conditions.

Suggested solutions pertained to better connections between history and education college faculty and the university and local schools. A six-part action plan was developed that centered on action by and for:

* teachers;


* education school faculty members and deans;

* university historians and department chairs;

* local school administrators and school committees/board members;

* representatives of state departments of education; and

* members of state education and university governing boards.

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