The education of social studies teachers has been understudied at a large scale, relative to other subject areas. This study estimated whether the undergraduate and/or graduate majors of social studies teachers are associated with student achievement in civics, U.S. history, and geography. Broad categorizations of social studies-related majors were not associated with student achievement. However, a graduate major in political science for students' teachers was positively and significantly associated with student achievement in civics, and an undergraduate major in geography/geography education was negatively associated with student achievement in civics and U.S. history. Implications for policy and research are discussed.
Savage, C. (2019). Academic majors of social studies teachers and student achievement in the U.S. Teaching and Teacher Education, 84, 66–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2019.04.020