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November 2002

Release Date: November 11, 2002

ASU Educators Selected to Present Paper at National Social Studies Convention

SResearch by two Angelo State University School of Education faculty members will receive national attention starting this month when they make a presentation to the 82nd Annual Conference of the National Council of the Social Studies.

Dr. Judith A. Hakes, associate professor of education, and Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine, assistant professor of education, will present the paper "Technology Connects Children with History to Shape Tomorrow's National Character" Nov. 24 at the conference in Phoenix.

Their paper will examine an innovative approach to helping children learn social studies from their personal experience. The technique, known as Classroom Lore and Artifacts Study Project (CLASP), helps make history relevant to the students. Using computer technology, students record their personal experiences in a hypertext, non-linear presentation of daily events, stories and artwork.


The electronic CLASP shows on a personal level how history is preserved by demonstrating the worth of their individual experience. Hakes and Eisenwine will provide information, ideas, examples and resources to help other teachers implement electronic CLASP in their classrooms. Additionally, the two education professors have had a manuscript accepted for publication next year in The Social Studies, a national journal for teachers in the field. Their article, "An Electronic CLASP: Connecting Children and Social Studies," describes the Classroom Lore and Artifacts Study Project and its advantages as a classroom tool.

Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The National Council for the Social Studies, with members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 69 countries, seeks to provide leadership, service and support for social studies educators.

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