Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006
Historical Scene Investigation (HSI): Engaging Students in Case Based Investigations using Web-Based Historical Documents
University of Kentucky
College of William & Mary
Henry County High School
The Historical Scene Investigation (HSI) project builds upon the work of a number of scholars to facilitate the application and acquisition of historical thinking skills in the K-12 classroom. Through a structured yet flexible approach, HSI exercises attempt to provide scaffolding for the analysis of a variety of historical documents to simultaneously develop an understanding of the content focus of the investigation and the historiography skills embedded in their work. HSI exercises are designed to be interpreted and edited by classroom teachers in either a low- or high-tech approach. This article explores the background and structure of the model and discussion of the classroom implementation of two examples.
About the Author(s)…
Kathleen Owings Swan is an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky in the School of Education and a former high school social studies teacher. Dr. Swan’s research includes examining strategies for training pre-service and in-service social studies teachers to effectively use educational technology in social studies instruction. She regularly presents her work at national and state conferences and in a variety of education journals including International Journal of Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education and Learning and Leading with Technology. Contact information: email@example.com, the University of Kentucky.
Mark Hofer, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Educational Technology at the College of William & Mary in the School of Education and a former high school social studies teacher. He focuses on innovative ways to prepare pre-service teachers to transform teaching and learning with the appropriate use of technology and on exploring K-12 classroom applications of technology. He regularly shares his work at national and state conferences and in journals including Social Studies and the Young Learner, Learning and Leading with Technology, the Journal of Computing in Teacher Education and Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, the College of William and Mary.
Lauren Gallicchio is a secondary social studies high school teacher at Henry County High School in New Castle, Kentucky and teaches Arts and Humanities, World Civilization, and Social Studies 1. She recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters with Initial Certification (MIC) in social studies. She has been writing curric! ulum fo r the Oral History Center at the University and will be presenting at the Kentucky Council of the Social Studies (KCSS) this fall.