Title

3F: Using Historical Thinking Strategies for Improving Elementary Students’ Content Knowledge

Presenter Information

Lydia BurnettFollow

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Joshua Cuevas

Campus

Cumming

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Education

Location

Panel 3: F (Register Here)

Start Date

26-3-2021 10:00 AM

End Date

26-3-2021 10:50 AM

Description/Abstract

Instructional time spent on elementary social studies is often marginalized due to the emphasis placed on other content areas. Teachers often cover standards using methods that teach for rote memorization, resulting in students who do not value social studies learning. Therefore, social studies teachers must employ meaningful instructional strategies that will engage students while promoting content acquisition. This quasi-experimental study responds to this challenge by guiding fifth grade students to use the historical thinking skills of sourcing, contextualizing, and corroborating that encourages engagement with a variety of primary sources through the lens of Jerome Bruner’s learning theories. The control group used traditional instructional methods including close-note taking, vocabulary review, and independent reading from social studies texts. Both the control and treatment groups were assessed prior to and after the study on content knowledge, attitude toward social studies, and critical thinking skills using the Cornell Critical Thinking Test.

Keywords: elementary social studies, historical thinking, primary sources, critical thinking, content acquisition, student attitudes

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Mar 26th, 10:00 AM Mar 26th, 10:50 AM

3F: Using Historical Thinking Strategies for Improving Elementary Students’ Content Knowledge

Panel 3: F (Register Here)

Instructional time spent on elementary social studies is often marginalized due to the emphasis placed on other content areas. Teachers often cover standards using methods that teach for rote memorization, resulting in students who do not value social studies learning. Therefore, social studies teachers must employ meaningful instructional strategies that will engage students while promoting content acquisition. This quasi-experimental study responds to this challenge by guiding fifth grade students to use the historical thinking skills of sourcing, contextualizing, and corroborating that encourages engagement with a variety of primary sources through the lens of Jerome Bruner’s learning theories. The control group used traditional instructional methods including close-note taking, vocabulary review, and independent reading from social studies texts. Both the control and treatment groups were assessed prior to and after the study on content knowledge, attitude toward social studies, and critical thinking skills using the Cornell Critical Thinking Test.

Keywords: elementary social studies, historical thinking, primary sources, critical thinking, content acquisition, student attitudes