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CI 519 Graduate Course, Adventure of the American Mind (Level I)

This three credit graduate course is offered through a partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Curriculum & Instruction Department in Edwardsville, Illinois.  It is centered on the use of the Library of Congress website and the effective use of primary sources in the K-12 classroom. 

Level I- Participants gain strategies for using primary sources to help students engage in learning, develop critical thinking skills and build content knowledge.

Participants learn:

    • What are primary sources;
    • Why teach with primary sources; and
    • How to teach with primary sources.


CI 519B Graduate Course, Teaching with Primary Sources (Level II)

This second level, three credit graduate course is offered through a partnership with SIUE Curriculum & Instruction Department in Edwardsville, Illinois. The course builds upon CI 519 and continues to center on the use of the Library of Congress website and the effective use of primary sources in the K-12 classroom through creating, teaching and evaluating student learning and instructional practices.

Level II- Participants evaluate, create and teach topic-specific, content-informed lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify effective instructional practices.

Participants:

    • Gain a thorough understanding of effective instructional practices with emphases on inquiry-based and student-centered learning using primary sources Learn to identify exemplary learning experiences;
    • Create standards-based, content-informed learning experiences integrating primary sources form the Library of Congress that exemplify effective instructional practices;
    • Teach, assess and reflect on their experiences using primary sources in instruction; and 
    • Evaluate the effects of primary source-based instruction on student learning.

For more information about the graduate courses, please contact Amy Wilkinson, amwilki@siue.edu, (618) 650-3777 or Dr. Randall E. Smith, resmith@siue.edu, (618) 650-3434.

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