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Anne-Lise Halvorsen - Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education
College of Education
Michigan State University
History of U.S. Education: History and Social Studies Teaching and Learning
This research area focuses on the history of curriculum, in particular history and social studies education. It consists of three projects:
a book on the history of elementary social studies (based upon my dissertation) contracted with Peter Lang.
an article that studies an American history exam administered by The New York Times to college freshman in 1943, and the ensuing controversy it inspired.
an article focused on the history of intercultural education, a short-lived educational movement in the mid twentieth century that
was designed to promote positive relations between groups of different races, creeds, national origins, and economic status.
Preparing Teachers/Preparing Citizens: Developing Practices for Leading Discussions in the Elementary Classroom
This project proposes to analyze effective ways of teaching future elementary teachers to lead classroom discussions in their social studies lessons – in essence, to become teacher-discussion facilitators. Specifically, this project studies the following research questions:
How can elementary social studies methods courses prepare teacher candidates to initiate and sustain discussion of topics, including those of a controversial nature, in elementary classrooms?
What pedagogical strategies in the methods classes help teacher candidates develop the skills needed for leading discussions?
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