The Archivist As Educator

Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into Historical Research Methods Instruction

Serving as a professional development resource for high school social studies and history teachers, this video conference workshop discusses integrating critical thinking skills into the use and analysis of primary sources.

1. Define Historical Research

2. Identify Primary Sources

3. Model integrating critical thinking skills into the use and analysis of primary sources

4. Conclude with a set of recommended readings and lessons

Teaching students to think critically is a major component of the curriculum in public education, and educators are familiar with the importance of using primary sources in the classroom. Indeed, Michigan has incorporated critical thinking concepts and skills into its Michigan Curriculum Framework as part of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). By high school the state expects that students have moved beyond information gathering toward a demonstrated “ability to interpret the meaning and significance of data.” The framework recognizes the subjective nature of primary sources and appreciates the need for rigorous critical review during the research process

Our presenter, Marcus C. Robyns is a native of Eugene, Oregon. He is an associate professor and University Archivist at Northern Michigan University. Before arriving in Marquette on March 1, 1997, Marcus was the City Archivist for the city of Portland, Oregon, and an adjunct assistant professor of history at Portland State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in United States history from the University of Oregon with a concentration in archival management. Marcus has 16 years experience as a professional archivist. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Michigan Archival Association, a member of the Editorial Board of the Michigan Historical Review, a team Leader for the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) Recertification Petition Review Team, and a member of the ACA Exam Development Committee.

Marcus’s research interests include the role of the archivist as educator and the history of organized labor in the Upper Peninsula. He is the author of The Archivist as Educator: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into Historical Research Methods Instruction (The American Archivist, vol. 64, no. 2, fall/winter 2001) and The Battle for Shared Governance: The Birth of the Northern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, 1967-1976 (The Michigan Historical Review, vol. 28, No. 2, fall 2002). He is currently working on a study of labor and working-class life on the Marquette Iron Range.


Related Links:
NMU and Central UP Archives

Costs:
There is a $50 fee for this program.