Using digital primary sources in the social studies: A case study of teacher integration of DocSouth resources
Meghan McGlinn, Old Dominion University, United States
CITE Journal Volume 7, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Two current themes in social studies education - the inclusion of technology and the emphasis on "doing history" - intersect with the use of Web-based or digital primary sources in the classroom. Digital libraries make these resources available to students and teachers interested in accessing rare primary documents in order to study the past. One such digital library, Documenting the American South (DocSouth), offers teachers and students the ability to download firsthand accounts related to United States and southern history. This research study focuses on six social studies teachers in an attempt to understand the extent to which they use DocSouth resources in their classrooms. These interviews reveal great potential for teachers to use DocSouth in their classrooms since both they and their students have the requisite technology skills, teachers already use the Internet to plan instruction and for research, and most importantly, part of their perceived goal for teaching history is to present multiple perspectives. Although these teachers find DocSouth a valuable resource, they are limited in their use of the digitized primary sources by the standard course of study, content requirements, time constraints, and equipment issues. Suggestions are given for ways DocSouth can help teachers circumvent these hindering factors in the classroom.
McGlinn, M. (2007). Using digital primary sources in the social studies: A case study of teacher integration of DocSouth resources. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 7(1), 529-553. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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