UNIT GOALS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR EVALUATION
Content. This unit presents a field of historical sources to enable students to examine the dynamic interactions which have helped shape post-colonial Africa by seeing how these dynamics worked out within Nigeria in the events associated with the Biafran secessionist movement of 1966-1970. At the same time this information gives students the opportunity to learn more about the meaning and impact of European ideas, interests and actions outside of Europe. These dynamics include
Process. Students are presented with historical sources arranged by topic and era; this information is accompanied by some questions and suggestions for dealing with these sources. In addition students will be asked to develop their own questions in order to mine these materials more fully and to determine relationships among the different readings. Although students could work through this material as individuals, one goal of this unit is to create the possibility for students to work collaboratively in teams. If this approach is taken, student contributions to the effectiveness of their team should be evaluated. Faculty will have to assess the abilities of their students to determine how to organize and, if necessary, teach the skills needed for team work. This unit is structured so that students will have the opportunity to develop these skills over time.
WHERE DOES THIS UNIT FIT IN MY COURSE?
This unit focuses on events beginning with the onset of the "new imperialism" as some textbooks call it with a glance at earlier issues. On the other hand this unit works its way backwards (chronologically) from the 1960s to imperialism. One option for implementation is to schedule this unit to be the culmination of the course with the last student work turned in at that moment. Alternatively, this material could be started much earlier and culminate at the moment when the course is covering imperialism, World War I and the Wilsonian ideals expressed at the Versailles peace conference.
Evaluation of student performance can include:
A final debate within teams or between teams where they test
An individual or group paper recounting their conclusions and
A journal maintained throughout the process.
Any of these forms of evaluation should require students to show how they reached their conclusions and how their work is supported by the evidence. The final evaluation could also include a statement of unanswered questions, an evaluation of the evidence presented, and a list of additional topics/issues that need to be studied.