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ERIC Number: EJ1162284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Integrating Primary Sources, Artifacts, and Museum Visits into the Primary Years Program Inquiry Curriculum in an International Baccalaureate Elementary Setting
Coppersmith, Sarah A.; Song, Kim H.
Journal of Social Studies Education Research, v8 n3 p24-49 2017
Questions remain about inquiry instruction, while research confirms that using primary sources can aid students' inquiry learning processes. This study questioned: "How do second-grade teachers at an International Baccalaureate Organization/IBO language immersion setting incorporate inquiry methods in instructional practices?"; "How does training in the use of primary sources, artifacts, and museum visits shape second-grade teachers' instructional practice?" A Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant supported this university-school social studies partnership, which accessed artifacts, primary sources, and a national archives and museum. Data sources in this mixed methods study were from the SAMPI Inquiry Observation Instrument, interviews, and observations in French and Spanish language settings. Analysis revealed teachers incorporating inquiry learning via museum/archives visits and using primary sources in a study of the history and geography of the French and Spanish Colonial fur trade era. Results revealed a subsequent integration of primary sources and learning kits in the immersion school network's ongoing inquiry curriculum design process.
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Museums, Elementary School Curriculum, Inquiry, Active Learning, Immersion Programs, Grade 2, Social Studies, Elementary School Teachers, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Archives, Mixed Methods Research, Observation, History Instruction, Geography Instruction, French, Spanish, Semi Structured Interviews
Journal of Social Studies Education Research. Serhat Mah. 1238/2 Sok. 7B Blok 12 Ostim, Yenimahalle, Ankara, Turkey; Web site: http://jsser.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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