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The "Starving Time" Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry

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Social Education Volume 72, Number 3, ISSN 0037-7724


During our careers as teachers, professional development specialists, and teacher educators, we have made perpetual attempts to develop instructional strategies and tools for engaging students in historical inquiry. Emphasis in recent years in the field of social studies education has been on the development and use of digitized historical documents in facilitating the inquiry process and developing skills in historical thinking, and to a lesser degree on models of web inquiry including Web Inquiry Projects (WIPS) and WebQuests. These models often promote student construction of new historical knowledge and can be powerful examples of teaching and learning, but don't necessarily instill in students an understanding of the nature of history and how it is commonly encapsulated in various historical texts (e.g., textbooks, films, or journal articles). In other words, these models help students to approximate the work of historians, but do not necessarily help them to develop an understanding of how history is constructed in commonly accessed historical texts. In this article, we promote a model of historical inquiry utilizing a wiki as a tool for collaboration, communication, and construction of knowledge. (Contains 1 table and 15 notes.)


Stoddard, J.D., Hofer, M.J. & Buchanan, M.G. (2008). The "Starving Time" Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry. Social Education, 72(3),. Retrieved May 24, 2019 from .

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