CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
June 1, 2005 – Dr. Alberta Dougan, professor of history and middle and secondary education at Southeast Missouri State University, recently attended the Wingspread Conference, “Competencies and Credentials for Training History Professionals.”
The conference was sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Johnson Foundation and was held May 16-18 in Racine, Wis.
History professionals from throughout the nation reviewed policies, guidelines and standards for the credentials and occupations that might be pursued by a student of history. Those attending represented universities; institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Newberry Library; organizations such as the American Historical Association, the National Coalition for History and the National Council for History Education; and the Johnson Foundation.
From looking at the work of archivists, public historians, traditional historians, historic preservationists, museum professionals and teachers at all levels, the group addressed the degree to which the master of arts degree in history might serve in the preparation of such professionals. Dougan presented the role of the master of arts degree in history in the preparation of social studies teachers and offered alternative possibilities for the focus of these degrees. The Wingspread Conference Center is located on the grounds of the S.C. Johnson estate that includes the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, “Wingspread,” as well as other Johnson family residences, all of which are used as settings for discussions and group gatherings.