This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources for science instruction.
Primary sources offer often untapped value for teaching science. By analyzing primary sources such as inventor notebooks and letters, architectural drawings, newspaper articles, and photographs, students can better understand scientific innovation. Teachers and students can find the notes and correspondence of Thomas Edison, Emile Berliner, the Wright brothers and other scientists and inventors on the Library of Congress Web site. The site also offers primary sources related to the work of environmentalists, which students can examine. This issue of the TPS Quarterly gives strategies for using digitized primary sources to help students understand the methods of scientific achievement, and better appreciate the history and application of scientific discoveries.