Date Approved

7-1-2008

Embargo Period

3-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Rodríguez, Yvonne E. González

Subject(s)

History--Sources; History--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of primary sources on the interest levels of three Honors classes during my Student Teaching. I wanted to see if my students would enjoy the ten primary sources I introduced to them. The study was conducted over a month's time. Data was collected using hundreds of surveys, over sixty questionnaires, fifteen interviews, and anecdotal notes to determine my seventy-five students' interest in the primary sources I chose for their classes. After analyzing the written data, I concluded that my students overwhelmingly enjoyed the primary sources we read and analyzed together. I then determined the reasons why they enjoyed them. Finally, I learned that the primary sources I handed out helped to produce meaningful debates and discussions of the past, helped to improve my pedagogy, and brought my students closer to an authentic studying of history.

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