ERIC Number: ED083120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Relevance in Your Own Backyard: A Course in Local History. Profile of Promise 10.
Pratt, Francis; Haley, Frances
A local history course offered as a semester elective to seniors has as its purpose the study of the local community as a microcosm of the United States. The basic principle is to reinforce what the student has already learned in previous history courses. The course proceeds through a chronological sequence of units about various periods of the town's development. Each unit contains a core of information and activities shared by the whole class, but also requires creative and independent work by each individual. While many traditional social studies techniques are employed, this course differs in the use of primary sources and community resources. Extensive onsite observations and investigations give students an opportunity to form and text hypotheses from raw data. While no formal evaluation has been made on the results of the program in terms of its cognitive objectives, students have indicated the success of their experience in informal written evaluations. (Relevant ERIC documents and other resources on the program conclude the profile.) (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Community Study, Educational Innovation, Elective Courses, Field Experience Programs, Grade 12, History Instruction, Hypothesis Testing, Independent Study, Local History, Local Issues, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, United States History
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($10.00, 1 copy of 30 issues; $20.00, 5 copies of 30 issues)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts