This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources to enrich students’ project-based learning experiences.
Project-based learning, an approach that presents students with a task or challenge with real world applications, is both authentic and relevant. These words also describe primary sources—original documents, photographs, music, film, clothing, and other artifacts which were created at the time under study. When integrated into project-based learning, primary sources prompt students to engage in inquiry, think critically and construct new knowledge about long-standing questions. The feature article in this TPS Quarterly issue describes how to enrich a project-based learning experience with primary sources.