Abstract 5- Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2008



The Great Migration: Using a Problem-Based Learning Approach and the Internet

Scott Scheuerell
Loras College


The Internet allows high school students to access primary and secondary sources in the classroom. History teachers should consider different teaching and learning strategies to fully utilize these sources in the classroom. Problem-based learning offers an exciting alternative to the traditional history classroom where the lecture and the textbook are used daily. The author describes how he used problem-based learning and the Internet in his high school history classroom to motivate students to learn about the Great Migration. Background information on problem-based learning is given and suggestions are provided by the author to guide teachers step-by-step through this unique approach. Examples of WebPages on the Great Migration are provided which the author highly suggests using. In addition, the author provides detailed information on the causes and effects of the Great Migration to help the classroom teacher.

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About the Author(s)…

Scott Scheuerell is an Assistant Professor in the Education Division at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a former high school social studies teacher. Educational technology in social studies is his primary research focus. Findings from his research on documentaries produced for National History Day can be found in The History Teacher. He has also made several presentations on the integration of technology and social studies at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) annual conferences. He enjoys integrating technology in his teacher education courses. In addition, he collaborates with local schools on projects to integrate technology in social studies.