Andrew Payne Head of Education & Outreach The National Archives Unlocking The National Archives in the UK
Our Vision <ul><li>Lead and transform information management </li></ul><ul><li>Guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Bring history to life for everyone </li></ul>
New Requirements for History <ul><li>investigate personal, family or local history in relation to a broader historical context </li></ul><ul><li>appreciate the role of museums, galleries, archives and historic sites </li></ul><ul><li>use ICT to research, process and present information about the past </li></ul><ul><li>History Programme of Study QCA 2007 </li></ul>
Where do teachers get source material? <ul><li>In tests 48 out of 49 student teachers at Cambridge University went straight to Wikipedia via Google </li></ul>
Context is everything… <ul><li>Thinking critically should be taught in the context of subject matter…an important part of thinking like a historian is considering the source of a document – who wrote it, when and why. But teaching students to ask that question, independent of subject matter knowledge, won’t do much good. </li></ul>Daniel T. Willingham Critical Thinking: Why is it so hard to teach? American Educator Summer 2007
Key Principles of The National Archives Education Service
Archives have the power to “Wow!” They bring History to life for children (and adults!)
Investigate, don’t illustrate! Use sources for enquiry-based investigations
Use key questions to drive the activity… Let the students provide the answers How did Henry VIII get up in the morning?
Historians “rummage” through sources Let students direct their own investigation www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/worldwar2
Context is everything… So whole documents are essential SP 16/488/25 The Making of the United Kingdom James Mason
Technology provides access and engagement But never forget that historical enquiry is the purpose
Design for accessibility Don’t try to bolt it on afterwards www.nationlarchives.gov.uk/education/prisoner4099
Treaty of Paris 1783 – Article 7 And shall also order & cause all Archives, Records, Deeds & Papers belonging to any of the said States or their Citizens which in the Course of the Warring have fallen into the Hands of his Officer to be forthwith Returned and delivered to the proper States and Person to whom they belong
Andrew Payne Head of Education The National Archives <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>020 8392 5319 </li></ul><ul><li>www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education </li></ul>
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