ERIC Number: ED371968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
"Indiana and the New Nation" and the Improvement of History Education in Indiana. Public Report.
Bigham, Darrel E.
This report summarizes the activities of "Indiana and the New Nation," a 2-year educational program for 30 Indiana teachers. The program sought to enrich participant knowledge and understanding of U.S. history; to find the means of using local historical resources to explore major themes in U.S. and European history; to find ways of integrating the valuable historical sites and resources of southern Indiana into the training of teachers and the shaping of the Indiana curriculum; and to identify deficiencies in social studies education and formulate recommendations for remedying them. The program implementation reflected such assumptions as students learn too little about Indiana and midwestern history and culture; local and regional history should be examined at many places in the student's education, and not just the fourth grade; and the curriculum should place greater emphasis on how to do history, including substantial use of primary sources. Besides summarizing the activities of the program, this report examines the influence of the program on its participants as well as those outside it. It concludes with a series of recommendations on teacher education, curriculum, and historic resources. Major activities of the project included summer institutes, teaching seminars, and a public workshop. Recommendations included those in the areas of teacher training and development at the elementary, secondary, and continuing education levels, and the curriculum such as history education, Indiana history, teaching materials and aids, and Indiana historic sites and museums. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana