More than just a name - Children discovering traces of the past

Authors: Daniela Schmeinck*, University of Cologne
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: field-trip, digital media, spatial changes, elementary school
Session Type: Paper
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Within non-school based activities, children often become familiar with the historical aspects or spatial changes in their local environments. Usually, they already have seen historical buildings such as city walls, churches and/or castles, and observed spatial changes - for instance the construction of new houses, a new shopping centre or new roads. However, within these non-school based activities, the experiences usually remain in the subconscious. An unsolicited personal reflection by the child on these changes is rather rare. A planned discovery tour through their own hometown or village therefore is a great opportunity to explore, where in the immediate surroundings of children, traces of the past can still be found today, and where spatial changes are currently taking place. This paper describes the potential use and benefit of digital media for historical learning on a geographical field-trip.

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