Department of Special Collections | UES | History of the Institute | Goals of the Institute
Core BeliefsThe goals of the institute are grounded in the belief that teaching should be student-centered, where the emphasis is placed on students´ questions and inquiries; students are viewed as thinkers with emerging theories about the world; and learners actively create, interpret and reorganize knowledge in individual ways. Teachers in their capacity as guides to learning should be able to articulate specific learning outcomes.
The Institute on Primary Resources teaches participating teachers to promote the development of critical thinking skills, information literacy skills and historical literacy skills by their students.
Critical thinking is the ability to define and clarify problems; to judge information related to a problem and to solve problems and draw conclusions. It includes reasoning skills, observation skills and ability to detect bias and understand points of view.
Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources. It includes research, writing and communication skills.
Historical literacy includes competence in five types of historical thinking including: chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research issues and analysis and decision-making.
Student Learning Outcomes
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