Guiding Concepts

Our archives education program has been developed using these guiding concepts:

  • Archival experiences at the undergraduate level are often deeply memorable for students and expand their academic horizons.
  • Active learning is more effective than passive learning.
  • Students are often confused by the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Students may find analysis of documents and other archival materials to be intimidating.
  • Humans are inherently tactile and respond to hands-on experiences.
  • Students, and other visitors of archives and museums, now expect interaction and venues for active feedback.
  • Students learn differently.