Realizing the public value of learning [electronic resource] : creating community history in a high school classroom
- Robert Mason Lucas.
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- This dissertation investigates a project in which high school students research a significant and sensitive event in the history of their community and then create a series of articles about it for a community history website. The dissertation argues for the educational benefits associated with students producing work of public value. This concept is situated, first, with respect to previous project- and product-oriented curricular theories and, second, through the development of the local high school program within which this work was conducted. The dissertation then narrates the process by which students created these entries and reports on the various forms of educational value it created, as perceived by the students themselves and members of the public. The researcher worked as a participant-observer, guiding the students throughout the two-month long project while collecting field notes and artifacts. He interviewed the 19 participating students at the beginning and end of the project and then interviewed 4 historians and 7 other members of the public as they examined the students' finished work. All groups saw significant value in the project, both in the development of students' historical understanding and in the creation of a publicly accessible historical resource for the community and beyond.
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- Submitted to the School of Education.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2012.
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