2012 Symposium: Engaging Students & Teachers: Integrating Primary Sources in K-16 Curricula

Cincinnati, OH, October 18-20, 2012


Recent literature in a variety of disciplines has investigated the use of primary sources in classroom settings. These studies have provided evidence about the benefits of using primary sources in K-16 curricula but the need remains for establishing information literacy standards for primary sources and fostering collaboration between professions. This symposium will gather archivists and educators to not only grapple with these questions and concerns, but also to learn and discuss methods for connecting students with primary sources.  The Symposium Organizing Committee has created a series of objectives for the workshop:

  1. Learn the benefits of using primary sources in K-16 curriculum
  2. Understand ways to tailor assignments and class sessions to maximize student learning
  3. Increase awareness of the rigorous standards that teachers must meet, particularly in K-12 settings
  4. Recognize how archives can be used to provide resources for students
  5. Develop activities, lesson plans, and assignments that utilize primary sources
  6. Provide opportunities for educators and archivists to dialogue about best practices for teaching with primary sources

About the speakers

A group of top-notch speakers will lead participants through discussions and hands-on activities to meet these objectives. Dr. Deanna Sellnow, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kentucky, will guide attendees through a variety of learning theories and demonstrate how to adapt lesson plans, assignments, and course projects to maximize student learning. Stacia Kuceyeski, Manager of Educational Programs and Outreach at Ohio Historical Society, will share her knowledge and experience of creative ways to integrate primary sources in the classroom. Peter Carini, College Archivist at Dartmouth College, will discuss and model theoretical and pedagogical techniques appropriate for primary sources.