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ERIC Number: EJ774585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Writing Your Own History: A Case Study Using Digital Primary Source Documents
Brown, Carol A.; Dotson, Kaye
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v51 n3 p30-37 May 2007
One of the most common roadblocks to encouraging the use of Internet sources when working with elementary and secondary school students is their indiscriminant copying and pasting of information to research papers. A possible solution to this problem is the use of a new curriculum that focuses on "21st Century Skills" for K-12 classrooms. In 21st century classrooms, the trend is toward teaching information literacy in conjunction with technology-based tools using the Internet and other digital information sources. In this study, the author investigated the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) skills with primary source documents for high school research projects. The author proposed a partnership project with a rural high school in eastern North Carolina to investigate students' proficiencies with ICT literacy using electronic resources and primary source documents. Using Internet-based resources, the question was asked, "Are digital primary source documents useful for teaching ICT literacy skills in K-12 schools?" It was found that students gained new understanding in how to interpret historical documents as they read primary sources. They also learned, through reviewing different sources reporting the same event, that all history is somewhat of a biased report of events and the viewpoint of the individual authors. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina