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Inquiry Based Learning in History Classrooms

Offers ideas about inquiry and its effectiveness within a history classroom setting

Lisa Whittington

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of Inquiry Based Learning in History Classrooms

Inquiry in History Classrooms What is Inquiry? Questions drive learning, not textbook theme
Textbooks are not the only source used; they are one of many sources
Learning is student directed; not teacher led
Higher order thinking is encouraged; not rote memorization How is Inquiry Different? teachinghistory.org explains inquiry based learning as.... Curriculum developed by Stanford History Education Group Historical Inquiry Resources Incorporating Technology in Inquiry Lessons "lessons that introduce students to the "doing" of history. Through using evidence to investigate historical questions, students are given the opportunity to see that history is not just a collection of facts, but rather a rigorously constructed set of arguments. As students encounter new and in some cases contradictory evidence, they are asked to reconsider their initial views, learning that interpretations of the past can change based on the available historical evidence." Teachers Roles of Teachers and Students Students Serve as facilitators of learning
Provide a central question, background information, and access to resources Question material
Research varying perspectives
Collaborate with peers
Reflect on research and learning Emphasizes process of
sourcing, contextualization, and corroboration
to form ideas regarding historical events 1. sourcing- consider why the document was written and who was behind it 2. contextualization- examine context surrounding primary source 3. corroboration- compare and contrast various documents from period to determine answer It's engaging!
Strengthens literacy and reading comprehension
Leads to deeper understanding and recall
Teaches critical thinking skills
Improves standardized test scores
Creates life long learners Why use the Inquiry Approach? http://soc.li/e1vkt0Q Library of Congress- Inquiry based lesson plans that use Library of Congress primary resources http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/index.html National Park Service- uses National Park Historic Sites to engage students in historical inquiry http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/period.htm Smithsonian Education- inquiry based learning using primary sources and museum collections http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/history_culture.html Reading Like a Historian- 75 inquiry history lessons, developed by Stanford Education Group http://sheg.stanford.edu/?q=node/45 Great video link to
Reading Like a Historian Reading Like a Historian Additional Inquiry Resources: https://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/assessments Beyond the Bubble- uses primary sources in assessments to gauge student thinking, not fact recall Technology in a Supporting Role Technology in Assessments Online Primary Sources
Online Scavenger Hunts
Virtual Tours Word Processing Programs
Spreadsheets, Graphs
PowerPoint, Prezi
Cartoons The History Lab- Library of primary resources; inquiry history lesson plans; free lab to create your own http://hlab.tielab.org/ Still not sure? Check this out! Reading Like a Historian Series 1.Sourcing-


3. Corroboration
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/reading-like-a-historian-corroboration Great example of inquiry 1.https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/inquiry-based-teaching-discussing-non-fiction How to Guide for Implementing Inquiry 1.http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/24123 1.“Rid of Memorization: History Lessons Build Analytical Skills”, Education Week, August 2012 Research Supporting Effectiveness of Inquiry What does Inquiry
look like in a history
classroom? Lessons revolve around a central historical question Students reflect on resources to form opinions Students use primary source
material to investigate
answers to question http://www.questgarden.com/author/examplestop.php Google Earth https://earthbuilder.google.com/16234180551177988132-04249204197532942003-4/mapview/?version=2 Webquests http://explorer.monticello.org/
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