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Learning By Doing

The Center for History Teaching and Learning is also a partner in this project which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Program. Learning by Doing has received two separate grants (2003-2006 and 2004-2008). With this funding, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of History is providing fellowships to help 100 elementary and secondary (4-12 grade) public school teachers learn new ways to teach American history through an innovative two-year, 12- to -15-credit graduate certificate program. The program will reach additional teachers who will participate in district based study groups. The "Learning by Doing: Public History in the Classroom" program has been created by Project Director Patricia Turner, Professor, Dept. of History, to give teachers the necessary content, experience and resources to develop standards-based curriculums that emphasize project-based strategies. Research in the teaching and learning of history demonstrates that history is best learned when students have opportunities to apply their historical knowledge and skills meaningfully within and beyond the classroom. Students learn the practice of history and American history content by collecting and interpreting historical data for research projects. In short, for teachers and students alike, the best way to learn history is to do history.

Learning By Doing

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