Forming School/University Partnerships to Learn and Teach with Primary Sources
This 18-month project supported the University of Tennessee’s Social Sciences Education program, which partnered pre-service teachers with practicing teachers in Knox County. Working with social studies teachers, teacher candidates identified areas of the curriculum that lacked robust primary sources and developed lesson plans. Teacher candidates worked with practicing teachers in delivering the lessons to gain authentic experience as students used primary sources. Social studies teachers and teacher candidates learned about teaching with primary sources and effective mentorship practices, which extended into the academic year while mentors and mentees collected data and reflected on their collaboration and instruction using primary sources.