Western Kentucky University

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Instructional Outcomes for Special Collections and Educational Resources Center

Special Collections Instructional Outcomes

Kentucky History students are asked to use critical thinking skills to explore the different methods that historians have used to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context such as depictions of slavery. They may also be asked to support a point of view on a social studies issue or event. Multiple classes have been asked to use Special Collections to locate and use primary sources in Scavenger hunt assignments. English 300 classes use manuscript and other materials as they analyze information by comparing, contrasting, finding a main idea, summarizing by drawing inferences and conclusions of the author.

Broadside and other illustrative materials are used by Art History and Photographs as History classes. These students create original graphic works from the chosen primary resource documents. Maps and architectural drawings are used by classes to identify buildings to find evidence of changes in population, industry and settlement over time. Fashion History classes use primary resource materials such as vintage patterns, catalog pages, photographs to identify and document trends and styles—from clothing to hair fashions across the decades and to see actual examples of clothing from these decades. Students analyze and evaluate the validity of information for bias, propaganda, point of view, and frame of reference.

 Last Modified 7/24/13