Academic majors of social studies teachers and student achievement in the U.S.

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Abstract

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.

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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

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