In Fall 2019, students in my combined undergraduate/graduate course, Theories of History, delivered poster presentations on how historians approach the past.
Their research, exhibited here, reveals a diversity of ways by which the past has been explored. They also illuminate numerous epistemological considerations that accompany historical inquiry.
At the end of the term, we held an in-class exhibit. During this exhibit, students walked around, absorbed each others' research in an unhurried manner, and asked each other questions.
In this way, this research poster assignment enabled students to gain detailed understandings of each others' intellectual processes and perspectives. It also enabled an informal approach to research dissemination.
As this assignment demonstrated, research posters are an effective means of creating a shared intellectual journey. They enable new opportunities for research engagement, and they deepen students' historical learning.