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ERIC Number: ED121635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Children and Youth in Early America: A Case Study of a Bicentennial Social Studies Project.
Pratt, Fran
This paper describes a project which was set up to provide secondary students with an opportunity to examine, analyze, and reflect on the role of children and youth in the first half-century of the American republic and draw meaningful comparisons with their own experience in contemporary American society. Thirty-five students, enrolled in a one-semester anthropology course, participated in the project. Through a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village students were expected to recognize that the role of young people in society has changed in significant ways over the past 200 years; identify specific changes; recognize that the changing role of young people is only one reflection of the vast change of society; and apply to their examination of American society a number of basic concepts and skills developed in their anthropology class. The field trip was designed to give students an opportunity through role-playing to put themselves in the situation of a young person in an early American village. Students were given data sheets and other information to prepare them for their roles. In addition, the class analyzed more than 100 documents related to work during the time of the early republic, such as diaries, letters, financial records, laws, appreticeship indentures, newspaper articles, and advertisements. An evaluation and critique of the learning experience concludes the document. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
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