ERIC Number: ED337407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
Storytelling, Imagination, and Fanciful Elaboration in Children's Historical Reconstructions. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 38.
VanSledright, Bruce A.; Brophy, Jere
Interviews with fourth graders who had not yet received systematic instruction in U.S. history revealed that these students are interested in the past, concerned about human intentionality and cause-effect relationships, and able to construct coherent narrative accounts of historical events as they understand them. However, they lack an experience-based schematic framework capable of grounding and connecting their historical thinking, so that their accounts often mix accurate information with conflations, naive conceptions, and imaginative elaborations. This is demonstrated in the historical accounts given by children at this beginning stage of learning about history. The children's accounts can be explained with reference to Kieran Egan's developmental notions and to issues involved in teaching history to elementary grade students and assessing their historical understandings (including both accurate knowledge and misconceptions). Nineteen references are included; one appendix is attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers: Historical Explanation; Michigan State University