M.S. in Teaching
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
Rodríguez, Yvonne E. González
History--Sources; History--Study and teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
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.
Foster, Kevin T., "Primary sources and their effects on student interest" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 722.