ERIC Number: ED187409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Local History in the Community College.
Koedel, R. Craig
Community college history instructors can overcome their reliance upon secondary sources as instructional materials and can provide students with an introducation to historical method and primary research by adding a course in local history to the curriculum. Such a course would enhance the regional focus of the college and provide a context for the study of national and world history. The benefits of this approach have been demonstrated by a course offered at Atlantic Community College on the history of South Jersey, a socially and topographically distinguishable area of New Jersey. Concentrating on cultural, rather than political, issues, students in this course learn to draw historical inferences through the use of a specially prepared narrative textbook and written and non-print primary sources, such as broadsides, diaries, and artifacts. Historical investigations are augmented by field trips to local museums and historic sites and by research papers which introduce the students to local libraries and teach the skills necessary in writing a history term paper. Though some problems have been encountered, such as the difficulty of accurately utilizing oral history and of objectively interpreting local opinion and fable, the course has made history more meaningful to Atlantic's students and has provided them with a deeper understanding of their community. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association (Baltimore, MD, April 10-12, 1980).