AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Using primary sources with an inquiry-based curriculum to enhance engagement in social studies in a second grade classroom

by Amy Dolman

Institution: California State University – Northridge
Year: 2016
Keywords: second grade; Dissertations, Academic  – CSUN  – Education  – Elementary Education.
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2134464
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/175359


This graduate project discusses the importance of teaching social studies in an elementary curriculum and emphasizes the need for an inquiry-based approach, rather than a traditional one. The project highlights collaborative learning within an inquiry-based teaching approach. Additionally, the project represents the cohesive relationship between primary sources and an inquiry-based learning approach. The project displays ten lessons as part of a series that fulfills the second grade standard on community. Each lesson demonstrates ways in which educators can adopt new ways of inquiry and primary sources into their own classrooms. This project displays different ways to incorporate primary sources into an inquiry-based curriculum. The primary sources utilized include photographs, actual artifacts, books, and digital sources. The lesson series project aims to educate teachers about the importance and ease of incorporating inquiry-based learning with primary sources in the classroom. Keywords: social studies, primary sources, inquiry-based learning, collaborative learning, artifacts, lesson series Advisors/Committee Members: Knotts, Gregory D (advisor), Burstein, Joyce H (committee member).