ERIC Number: EJ1100951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
Traveling with Eighth-Grade Students to Learn about State and Local History
Morris, Ronald V.
Geography Teacher, v13 n2 p72-78 2016
Eighth-grade students from three school districts in three small towns in Crosby County, Texas, received academic credit for working together with the biannual Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum summer travel education program. Each of the three districts radiate from a small town. They were within one county, and the museum was located in the county seat. The community members charged the museum with providing programming to each of the area schools. Students took two weeks during the summer to travel by school bus to participate in a program that combined the school districts and the county historical society educational programming resources. This model program provided an example of how a local museum and rural school districts worked together to provide geographic enrichment. The students traveled throughout their county, in Texas and Oklahoma, and saw sites of local interest. They camped in state parks, with the students providing their own equipment. They enrolled for this experience in their eighth-grade history class and received one-half of a high school social studies credit. The schools and the museum worked together to provide enrichment and travel opportunities for students who were interested in exploring deeper social studies content. By working together, museums supported students who were looking for cultural history experiences in an area that was very remote. An overview of the program, including the creation and execution, is presented in this article.
Descriptors: Local History, State History, Grade 8, Field Experience Programs, Museums, School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education, Enrichment Activities, Heritage Education, Program Development, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma; Texas