Methods Students and Student Teachers Working Together on Social Studies Scavenger Hunts

ID: 31763 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Karen Johnson, West Chester University, United States

Friday, March 11 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Kingsley

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Abstract: Student teachers in an undergraduate elementary education program volunteered to allow social studies methods students to create web-based scavenger hunts to use with their students. The student teachers chose the content, in conjunction with their cooperating teacher, and relayed that information to the methods students. The methods students then created web-based scavenger hunts for elementary students to use during social studies class. This partnership provided the methods students with a practical application of a course assignment and the student teachers with assistance with one lesson during the busy student teaching semester. In addition, the elementary students actively participated in their own learning with these web-based scavenger hunts that were matched to their curriculum and standards. At the completion of the pilot project in December, surveys and interviews with be conducted with all participants to determine the benefits and drawbacks of this kind of partnership, and how it can be more effectively utilized with a larger group of participants.

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