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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Practice question

Okay, I have been totally finished with my Practice question for a few days now, so I guess I should post it...

There is no consensus in the field of social studies regarding what its aims and practices should be in the public schools. However, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has approved a position statement entitled, A Vision of Powerful Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies: Building Social Understanding and Civic Efficacy.

In ESOC9000, you began an article by describing the major divisions of thought about the purposes of secondary social studies and relating these traditions to an assessment of the extent to which different traditions of social studies curriculum theory are evident in the practice of social studies in contemporary North American classrooms. This artifact should be appended to your comprehensive exam.

Your task for this exam is to continue that article by relating these traditions to the view of social studies teaching and learning described in the NCSS position statement. You should conclude with a discussion how teachers might enact this vision in a virtual high school context using the literature about effective teaching in an online environment.

Your response should be presented in the form of an article for a refereed publication such as Contemporary Issues in Technology or Social Studies Teacher Education. The portion of the article for this exam should be around 10-12 pages in length (3,000 to 3,500 words) and should be able to be read by practitioners as well as by academics in the fields of instructional technology, social studies education and distance education.
I am still tiding up my Methodology question, but I do hope to finish it sometime today. I'll go in and print out, copy and bindmy responses later this evening or tomorrow and then submit them on Monday, when they are do. I should be posting the Methodology question around then.

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