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ERIC Number: ED313272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-20
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Primary Source Materials: A Curriculum Development Process.
Carlson, Helen L.; Otwell, Maureen
This paper on the curiculum development process describes how primary sources may be used to teach history. Three frameworks related to historical understanding are presented: (1) the thinking skills/information processing framework; (2) the cognitive structure framework; and (3) the response theory framework. A curriculum development model is outlined using four stages: (1) the research stage in which the general historical theme is identified and developed, primary and secondary sources are reviewed, a context is specified, and questions and hypotheses are formulated; (2) the sorting stage in which primary source materials are reviewed, a grade level is chosen, and historical investigation skills are described; (3) the activity development stage in which primary source materials are adopted and evidence gathering worksheets are developed; and (4) the lesson writing stage in which pupil motivation, lesson objectives, and monitoring and evaluative techniques are reviewed. Three studies describing the curriculum process are provided. Using the theme of lives of children and families at the turn of the century, the studies include: "Family Life in Cloquet, Minnesota, 1900-1910"; "Urban Fringe Farm Families, 1860-1900"; and "The Messages in Women's Magazine Ads, 1897-1910." A 40-item bibliography is included. (CT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota