Abstract 6- Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006



Using Family and Community History to Foster Historical Inquiry in the Elementary Grades

Kay A. Chick
Penn State Altoona


This article highlights the use of family and community history in elementary social studies classrooms. Family history stories from early twentieth century Appalachia are shared. The value of historical inquiry is explored, and techniques for initiating an oral history project are discussed as well as interviewing strategies and examples of developmentally appropriate extension activities. Connections to the national social studies standards are emphasized along with recommendations for teachers who wish to provide students with an intimate view of past human experience.

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About the Author(s)…

Kay A. Chick holds undergraduate degrees in elementary education and special education with a master’s degree in educational psychology with certification in school psychology.  She earned her doctorate in elementary education in 1996. Research interests include gender role development, gender bias, women’s history, and children’s literature. Contact information: kxc19@psu.edu, kbchick@adelphia.net, Penn State Altoona.