Eight Best Practices
Eight Best Practices

We identified the following best practices for implementing our teaching philosophy. Effective collections-based instruction includes:

  • Learning objectives that align visit goals with course goals
  • Careful document selection
  • Tailored prompts
  • Backward designed assignment
  • Carefully considered visit logistics
  • Thoughtful facilitation of archival visits, including wrap-ups
  • “Goldilocks” of context (not too much; not too little)
  • Working collaboratively to tweak and refine

And our independent evaluators found that these techniques really work!

The pattern is clear: where our data are best, …courses taught by faculty who used [these] instructional strategies succeeded in fostering positive students outcomes – higher grades, and greater rates of course completion and course passing.


To cite this page:
Julie Golia and Robin M. Katz, “Eight Best Practices,” TeachArchives.org, accessed [insert date here], http://wwww.teacharchives.org/articles/best-practices/.

Authors

Julie Golia
Historian / Founder and Editor, TeachArchives.org
Brooklyn Historical Society
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Robin M. Katz
Archivist / Founder and Editor, TeachArchives.org
Brooklyn Historical Society
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