ERIC Number: ED256660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Modernization and the Changing Nature of Community in Colonial America. A "Moment" in the United States History Survey Course at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia.
O'Brien, William A.
An alternative to the traditional history survey course, which is becoming less and less popular, is described. The goal of this project is to shift the emphasis from coverage of content to the development of skills necessary to understand that content. This particular project focused on colonial America, which covers a portion of the first of three quarters of a community college United States history survey course. The methodology will eventually be used in all three quarters. The principal theme around which the course is organized is change: the degree to which environment, settlement patterns, demographics, social and economic conditions, philosophical and psychological factors, and other circumstances forced colonial leaders to alter their thinking about community and social order. In contrast to traditional courses, students use primary sources, write extensively, and use the instructor more as a facilitator than a lecturer. Students participating in the project showed enthusiasm, increased participation, improved attendance, and lower than normal attrition. Teaching such a course also encourages instructors to keep current in their field and to be responsive to student interests. (IS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Colonial History (United States), Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Educational Change, Educational Research, Higher Education, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Intellectual History, Introductory Courses, Modernization, Social Change, Teaching Methods, United States History
William A. O'Brien, 7610 Woodman Road, Richmond, VA 23228.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Community College Humanities Association (Charleston, SC, October 25-27, 1984).