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ERIC Number: ED010833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan-12
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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AMERICAN HISTORY LABORATORY PROJECT.
TAYLOR, WILLIAM R.
AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE BY A GROUP OF HISTORIANS TO DEVISE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE INTRODUCTORY COLLEGE SURVEY COURSE IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT WOULD GIVE THE STUDENT A MORE REALISTIC IDEA OF HOW HISTORY IS WRITTEN, AND RESCUE HIM FROM HIS PRESENT ESSENTIALLY PASSIVE ROLE OF ABSORBER OR COMMENTATOR AND FREE HIM TO "DO" HISTORY. THE PROJECT TOOK THE FORM OF AN EXPERIMENTAL COURSE FOR 20 COLLEGE SOPHOMORES, GIVEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1966 AT SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS. THE STAFF ATTEMPTED TO INDUCE EACH STUDENT TO TRANSFORM AN INTEREST OF HIS INTO A LEGITIMATE HISTORICAL INQUIRY--QUESTION FORMULATION, RESEARCH, AND WRITING. THE PROJECT MET WITH ONLY LIMITED SUCCESS. MOST OFTEN THE STUDENTS LACKED THE RESOURCES AND SKILLS TO "DO" HISTORY IN THE TOTAL SENSE. AT THE TIME OF REPORTING, THE EXPERIMENT WAS BEING CONTINUED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 1966-67. THE STAFF THERE WAS INCORPORATING CERTAIN MODIFICATIONS SUGGESTED BY THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE. INSTEAD OF ASKING THE STUDENTS TO GENERATE THEIR OWN PROJECTS, THE STAFF WAS CONFRONTING THEM WITH THE BODY OF DOCUMENTS RELATING TO A CHOSEN HISTORICAL EVENT. THE STAFF WAS ALSO ATTEMPTING TO CHALLENGE THE ASSUMPTION THAT PROJECTS OF THE STUDENTS NEED TO BE INDIVIDUAL ONES. INSTEAD, THE STUDENTS WERE BEING ENCOURAGED TO WORK AS GROUPS. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Identifiers: MADISON; Massachusetts (Northampton)