ERIC Number: ED205453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Side Streets: A Local History Project for Colorado Teachers. Final Performance Report.
Downey, Matthew T.; Metcalf, Fay D.
This description of a project to help secondary school social studies classroom teachers incorporate local history into the curriculum focuses on objectives, project development and activities, and outcome data. The specific intent of this project was to help classroom teachers in Colorado overcome some of the obstacles to the use of local history in their classrooms. Major obstacles are identified as lack of prepared materials that can be conveniently brought into the classroom and lack of training for teachers in the use of local history materials. To overcome these and other obstacles, project directors arranged a five-week local history institute during the summer of 1980 for 11 high school teachers from 10 Colorado school districts. During the five week institute, teachers were introduced to a variety of local history resources and source materials; instructed regarding how these materials could be adapted to classroom use; instructed on how to collect primary source material at major repositories of Colorado history (libraries, museums, municipal and county offices, the Colorado Historical Society); and directed to develop instructional materials and activities based on these sources. A wide variety of materials was developed by teachers, including slide presentations based on historical photographs, taped oral history interviews, fire insurance maps, photocopies and microfilm reels of census returns, and typescript copies of articles from old newspapers. One particularly beneficial outcome of the project was that teachers who developed local history kits became resource teachers responsible for training other teachers to use the materials when they returned to their schools. The document concludes with an appendix containing information on project organization, participants, evaluation, publicity, and follow-up activities with other teachers. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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