PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

The Savannah Images Project is committed to the assumption that genuine instructional reform in the area of humanities education begins in the classroom and moves outward into the community and beyond. We believe that students at all levels of their education develop a richer appreciation of the humanities when they explore the vital associations that exist between their local cultural environment and the wider world in which they live. Headquartered at the Department of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University, our project centers around the collaborative development of an instructional model that utilizes active learning, collaboration between university and public school faculty, readily available instructional technology, and the coastal region’s abundant cultural and community resources.

As a living laboratory for historical study, the Savannah metropolitan area is unsurpassed. Our primary aim is to involve teachers and students in the scholarly processes of historical study by encouraging them to investigate coastal Georgia’s remarkable cultural landscape, while simultaneously teaching them how to produce data bases of historical images and documents for the Internet. Simply stated, we want students to learn to think critically while they are acquiring a fuller understanding of the historical evolution of cultural processes, as demonstrated by their command of the academic skills related to "doing" history in a technological age. For the most part, the data bases included in this Web site were produced by students and teachers.

Armstrong Atlantic State University, a member of the University System of Georgia that serves approximately six thousand students, provides a range of strong academic programs in the arts and sciences, education, and the health professions. A regional resource for information and expertise, AASU is especially responsive to the unique educational and community service needs of its constituency. Working closely with other public and private agencies in the coastal area, the university designs and conducts various education programs and liberally shares its physical facilities and grounds for the betterment of the academic and cultural life of the community.

Unlike many larger academic institutions that have largely divorced their educational programs from the academic disciplines, our History Department assumes primary responsibility for Armstrong Atlantic State University’s teacher-training program in Secondary Social Science Education and works closely with the public schools throughout the coastal region. In addition, our Public History program maintains a robust relationship with historic preservation agencies throughout the lowcountry area. A member of our staff, for example, holds a joint-appointment with the Savannah History Museum. Recent projects initiated by our Public History program include the Georgia Legacies Etched on the Land Conference in 1994, the Savannah Images Project Teacher Workshops in 1998, and the Society for Industrial Archaeology National Conference in 1999.