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Improving Content Literacy in Social Studies Classrooms: Teachers’ Voices Within Comprehensive School Reform

Mary E. Little (University of Central Florida)

Social Studies Research and Practice

ISSN: 1933-5415

Article publication date: 1 July 2008

Issue publication date: 1 July 2008

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Abstract

The increased demands for access to and accountability for mastery of social studies curriculum by all students, including students with disabilities (SWDs) and diverse learning needs, is a current reality within secondary schools. Research has suggested classroom implementation of evidence-based instructional practices to improve content literacy. However, the lack of descriptive data related to classroom implementation of instructional practices seems to be an area of concern, especially following professional development (Correnti & Rowan, 2007). Research related to the context and conditions of classroom implementation is needed. This manuscript describes a district-wide professional development initiative within secondary social studies classrooms, outlines qualitative research, reports findings related to teacher perceptions of classroom implementation, and describes the considerations and implications related to implementation of professional development as part of comprehensive school reform.

Citation

Little, M.E. (2008), "Improving Content Literacy in Social Studies Classrooms: Teachers’ Voices Within Comprehensive School Reform", Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 42-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/SSRP-02-2008-B0004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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