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Hands-On Social Studies Learning and Assessment
An exploration of the value of hands-on learning, particularly in social studies, as opposed to traditional instructional methods.
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This paper explores the concept of hands-on learning, and how this strategy might be addressed effectively in terms of Virginia's Standards of Learning, in social studies at the secondary level. The paper explains that conversations with teachers during the course of the researcher's observations, internship, and student teaching has informed the researcher that upon the student reaching the secondary educational level, the majority of social studies classes are taught in lecture-style format with occasional use of PowerPoint presentations or projects. The paper asserts that elementary level social studies tend to be more interesting to students because they are taught through storytelling methods and hands-on projects. The paper concludes that active learning benefits the class' retention of this history and social sciences course content, and as well this type of instruction is supported in previous research findings. This paper contains illustrative figures and tables.

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Practical Application in Hands-on Active Learning Style

From the Paper:

"Research findings indicate that optimal learning involves more than students merely sitting and listening to lectures. (Chickering and Gamson, 1987) In spite of this being widely acknowledged 89% of all U.S. professors relate that passive learning is the model of instruction applied by all physical scientists and mathematicians. (Chickering and Gamson, 1991) Chickering and Gamson (1987) state of learning that it is not "...a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves." According to Diane Starke (2009) in the work entitled: "Professional Development Module on Active Learning" it has been demonstrated by research that "...students learn more if they are actively engaged with the material they are studying." Starke states that active learning is "...in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture. This includes everything from listening practices which help the students to absorb what they hear, to short writing exercises in which students react to lecture material, to complex group exercises in which students apply course material to "real life" situations and/or to new problems" and cites Paulson and Faust of California State University in Los Angeles."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berquist, WH and Phillips, SR (1975) Getting Students Involved in the Classroom: A Handbook for Faculty Development. Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges. (pp.114-117)
  • Chickering, A., and Gamson, Z. (1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice," AAHE Bulletin, 39:3-7, ED 282 491, 6pp, MF-01; PC-01.
  • Chickering, A., and Gamson, Z. (1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice," AAHE Bulletin, 39:3-7, ED 282 491, 6pp, MF-01; PC-01.
  • Diesel, Elizabeth, Allen, Michael, Schreiber, Madeline, and Borrego, Maura (2006) Improved Student Learning in Large Classes by Incorporating Active Learning with a New Design of Teaching Studies. 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference 18-21 Oct 2006. San Diego, CA.
  • Johnson, D.W., Johnson, R.T., and Smith, K. (1991) Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom, Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company

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