Provoking Inquiry: The Use of Primary Sources in the Primary Social Studies Classroom, pp. 11 of 12

Conclusion

While the use of primary sources is a useful pedagogical tool to introduce to students the basics of historical thinking in the primary social studies classroom in a fun and engaging way, its effectiveness ultimately hinges on the kind of primary sources selected and the way the teacher tailors these sources to meet the different learning profiles of students. Just like any other teaching resources, the use of primary sources of information may be more suitable in the teaching of some social studies units as compared to others. Simply put, the use of primary sources must be carefully selected and appropriately applied in order to truly add value and meaning to students’ learning.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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