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ERIC Number: EJ1152833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
The Stories of Inventions: An Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Unit for U.S. History Students
Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri; Bragg, John
Science Teacher, v84 n5 p44-50 Jul 2017
During the second industrial revolution (1870-1914), scientists moved away from trial-anderror methods to more systematically apply the principles of chemistry, physics, and biology (Mokyr 1998). The authors chose this period as the foundation of a project-based learning (PBL) unit integrated with the ninth-grade U.S. history curriculum (Thomas 2000). The unit encouraged students to associate the second industrial revolution's many inventions (in such areas as manufacturing, transportation, and communication) with methodical investigation and professional collaboration rather than random eureka moments. The goal was to develop student understandings about the evolution of different inventions within their scientific and societal contexts. The unit culminated with students producing and presenting timelines of significant inventions from the period. This article presents a four-phase approach to implementing the PBL unit that links scientific innovation to social context (Larmer and Mergendoller 2015). The authors launched this project at a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) academy in Jersey City, New Jersey. The small public high school offers all students a college preparatory program grounded in hands-on, project-based activity. The PBL unit took place in six two-hour weekly sessions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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