Historical Perspective, Causality, and Significance: The Historical Scene Investigation Project

Kathleen Owings Swan, Kathi Kern, Mark Hofer

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The Historical Scene Investigation (HSI) project (http://www.hsionline.org) stimulates historical inquiry by providing teachers with a way to explore technology-rich curricular resources available in the form of self-contained document-based “cases.” Using the metaphor of a crime scene investigation, HSI exercises guide students in analyzing selected primary source documents to solve a historical problem or question. Currently, our site features cases developed around events commonly included in K-12 American history curricula, including the Settlement of Jamestown, the Boston Massacre, and the Battle of Lexington Green, as well as explorations into aspects of American cultural history through a case relating to runaway slaves and another to Elvis Presley.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Studies and Diversity Education
Subtitle of host publicationWhat We Do and Why We Do It
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781135231163
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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© 2010 Taylor & Francis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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