USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Emily Arthur

First Advisor

Thesis Director: Elisa Minoff, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Ann Marie Gunn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Education


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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Research in pedagogy concludes that active, engaging, and motivating instruction is effective when teaching social studies in the secondary classroom. A secondary social studies curriculum detailing the Progressive era during the years 1890 to 1930 in American history has been developed in accordance with a national standard produced by the National Council for Social Studies. The curriculum follows a distinct historical narrative that is paired closely with simulation activities. The use of a simulation activity as the primary tool of instruction within the curriculum directly reflects the research findings. The curriculum models the primary and secondary sources used, simulation activities to be conducted by students in the classroom, and the assessment used to measure academic achievement.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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