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Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Government, Economics, and Contemporary World Issues (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides in School Librarianship)

   by James M. Shiveley / Phillip J. VanFossen

    Libraries Unlimited
    30 September, 2001


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Editorial description(s):

Here is a great resource for teachers, students, and library media specialists, providing detailed techniques for using primary sources from the Internet in social studies, economics, political science, and world issues. Part 1 offers an explanation of what critical thinking is and how it relates to social studies. Part 2 discusses what a primary source is and how one can differentiate it from a secondary and other sources. Part 3 describes 118 Web sites which contain primary source documents, giving for each site the URL, a brief abstract of the content, and questions and activities utilizing critical thinking skills. Additional content-related Web sites are listed when applicable. A brief listing of selected primary source databases and an alphabetical index complete the book. This is an excellent professional resource for any public or school library that caters to the middle- or high-school student. Carol Sue Harless
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About the Author
JAMES M. SHIVELEY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University where he teaches courses in social studies methods and supervises student teachers.

PHILLIP J. VANFOSSEN is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the School of Education at Purdue University.

Book Description
Teachers of political science, social studies, and economics, as well as school library media specialists, will find this resource invaluable for incorporating the Internet into their classroom lessons. Over 150 primary source Web sites are referenced and paired with questions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking skills. Completing the activities for the lessons in this book will allow students to evaluate the source of information, the content presented, and it usefulness in the context of their assignments.

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