ERIC Number: EJ712695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
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The Persistent Issues in History Network: Using Technology to Support Historical Inquiry and Civic Reasoning
Saye, John W.; Brush, Thomas
Social Education, v69 n3 p168 Apr 2005
Teachers who have tried problem-based historical inquiry have often found its demands overwhelming. Both teachers and students need a support structure to assist them with the inquiry process. The Persistent Issues in History (PIH) Network seeks to nurture and support a national community of teachers who engage their students in problem-based historical study that promotes competent citizenship. With partner teachers, the authors developed a set of criteria for designing PIH curriculum that supports inquiry into historical instances of fundamental societal questions. Any educator can become a member of the PIH network at no cost by agreeing to the usage/participation requirements listed on the enrollment page. The nuanced understanding of history required for civic competence represents a formidable challenge for social studies teaching. Technological tools and support alone provide no panacea for meeting this challenge. However, when incorporated into a strategy for problem-based learning, the power of technology presents twenty-first century teachers with possibilities that have been unavailable to past generations of professionals.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Educational Technology, Problem Based Learning, Social Studies, Curriculum Design
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