Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Fall 12-15-2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


History, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Peter Kuryla

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The process of education in the United States has been focused on the product of instruction rather than the process of instruction. Social studies instruction is typically associated with students memorizing dates, titles, and individuals. Research into various learning styles shows that some students are left behind with this method of instruction. By implementing experiential learning into the social studies curriculum, teachers can better reach all students. Social studies is a prime content area to introduce experiential learning because of the importance of contextual understanding and empathetic perspectives. Material culture is an apt addition to experiential learning that can be easily implemented in the classroom. This presentation shows that implementing experiential learning and material culture can increase the depth of social studies instruction, whether it is included within the classroom or a supplemental experience. The benefits of museum experiences for all students can cement their classroom learning so they can apply it in their future academic careers. There are various programs available in Nashville for teachers to better help their students visualize the curriculum content.