ERIC Number: ED281570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
National Archives and Records Administration Community College Program.
National Archives and Records Service (GSA), Washington, DC.
Information is provided on the U.S. National Archives' Community College Program (CCP). First, a program announcement is provided, which indicates that the CCP provides reproductions of primary sources to community, technical and junior college instructors teaching occupational and transfer degree programs. This announcement lists the kinds of primary sources available from the Archives (e.g., letters, photographs, reports, maps, films, sound recordings, computer tapes, drawings, and charts) and suggests ways in which the resources might be used in classroom instruction. Next, an update on 1986 activities is presented. This report offers information on the CCP's 1986 "From the Record" Seminar, during which primary sources were defined, the primary sources of the Archives were explored, and participants undertook individual projects on, for example, the history of the railway mail service, the development of a team-taught course on sea voyages, a map literacy project, and the use of records to use in tax and auditing courses. Next, a second update on CCP progress is provided covering 1987 activities. This update offers additional detail on the "From the Record" seminars, presents research findings regarding two-year college instructors' use of primary sources, offers an argument for using primary sources based on the evidential and informational value of these materials, identifies key questions about archival records, and suggests ways in which archival records can be used in teaching. This update also highlights successful projects undertaken during the 1986 seminar, identifies other projects of the Archives that can benefit two-year college instructors, offers an example of primary evidence, and provides an exercise in teaching research skills. Finally, the application for the "From the Record Seminar" is presented. The application provides instructions on finding primary sources in the Archives and includes sample research exercises. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Service (GSA), Washington, DC.