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History: A Cultural Approach

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary sources Consortium MemberTransform history into an active and exciting exploration for students.

The Cultural Approach helps bring history to life and encourages students to ask "how" and "why" events happened instead of simply memorizing names and dates they will soon forget.

The Cultural Approach transforms history from boring, rote memorization into an active and exciting exploration by applying anthropological methods to the study of history. While this may sound complex, it could not be simpler. Students study history by analyzing the six dimensions of culture (Politics, Religion, Aesthetics, Intellectual Developments, Economics, and Social Relations) in a given place and time.

They ask questions like "What were the political options of the time?" and "How might religion have impacted their social relationships?" to analyze both why and how a historical event happened, rather than just memorizing names and dates.

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Over the Summer the Ivey Center was delighted to play host to the Timekeepers Camp! Our educators and their students become enthralled in the immersive experience that allowed them to travel back in time! Some highlights of the event can be seen in the video below.

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