The purpose of this study was to examine the complex influences that shape the teaching of U. S. history. Six secondary American history teachers participated in interviews and classroom observations centering on factors that affect their approach to the teaching of U. S. history. Findings indicate that there are various influences that play a significant role in determining the version of U. S. history students have the opportunity to learn. These include teachers’ personal beliefs about religion and morality, the affect of history professors, and teachers’ social class and family backgrounds. Several suggestions are made as to how teacher education programs can encourage pre-service teachers to examine the influences that shape their lives, classrooms, and students.
Romanowski, Michael H.
"Teacher's Lives and Beliefs: Influences That Shape the Teaching of U. S. History,"
Mid-Western Educational Researcher: Vol. 11:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/mwer/vol11/iss2/2