Primary Sources in History: Breaking through the Myths

@article{Barton2005PrimarySI,
  title={Primary Sources in History: Breaking through the Myths},
  author={Keith C. Barton},
  journal={Phi Delta Kappan Magazine},
  year={2005},
  volume={86},
  pages={745 - 753}
}
Using primary sources in history classes is all the rage. But if teachers are not reflective about the best use of such materials, they may engage students in exercises that are neither historically nor instructionally sound. Mr. Barton points out common misconceptions about primary sources and suggests ways to maximize their educational potential. VISUALIZE the following classroom scene. Students walk into history class and pull out packets of primary sources -- or, in a more technologically… Expand
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