ERIC Number: EJ832390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Primary Sources and Web 2.0: Unlikely Match or Made for Each Other?
Johnson, Mary J.
Library Media Connection, v27 n4 p26, 28-30 Jan-Feb 2009
Nothing comes closer to "the truth" than a primary source, even a primary source with wart--biases, narrow-minded interpretations, and historical inaccuracies. Students who learn to apply critical thinking to the analysis of primary sources also learn to situate sources within the broader historical context, test hypotheses, form their own opinions, and argue for their conclusions. Primary sources are all about critical thinking, and as such, the skills needed for primary source analysis fit into nearly every expectation for the 21st century classroom. Web 2.0 tools merely exploit the underlying thinking skills. In this article, the author explains how primary sources and Web 2.0 concepts complement each other to promote learning among students.
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Internet, Social Networks, Creativity, Information Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Sharing Behavior, Asynchronous Communication, Media Specialists, Web Sites, School Libraries, Technological Literacy, Electronic Publishing
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