Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

9  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84303)

Principal Investigator: Hedquist, B.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 35,428

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 1/1/21 - 12/31/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: PHYS/GEO

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Arts & Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Social Studies Scholars Initiatives- S3 Initiative

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), National Geographic Society (NGC)

Program Title: none


SAMS 1.3.1. Includes IRB. The goal of the project is to better prepare pre-service educators in South Texas in the area of social studies, specifically in Geography, while addressing the teacher shortage that exists within the state of Texas for highly qualified bilingual teachers. The grant participants, all pre-service teachers, in this project would enroll in an existing course, World Geography, and be trained in specific geographic skill-sets that are needed to provide effective classroom lessons for students in the PK-12 system through content found on National Geographic's education web portal. Fifty pre-service teachers will be included in this grant’s cohort, all from the TAMUK Bilingual Education program. The participants will enroll in the World Geography course in the summer of 2021. The content covered in the World Geography, using National Geographic’s content, will assist the grant participants in passing their teaching certification. Grant participants' knowledge base in World Geography will be assessed through pre and post-tests, in addition to their performance on the state certification exam, TEXES. Furthermore, grant participants will also complete an exit survey exploring what they learned from the additional geography training and if it had any impact on their exam performance. This project framework is geared toward reaching pre-service educators in underserved/underrepresented areas and can be replicated in other regions of Texas or the country that fit this criteria. The PIs will present findings from this project at educational conferences. The PI will publish the findings in social sciences/geography education journals.

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