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ERIC Number: ED065377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 5
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Inquiry Methods in Global History.
Brune, Lester H.
This paper discusses and explains how one college revitalized its history program, first, by reorienting its history curriculum toward a global perspective, and secondly, by implementing an inquiry approach. Three questions answered by the faculty provide a framework for a brief explanation of the changes necessitated by the introduction of global history. 1) The type of historical knowledge required for the students of the 1970's is information about human development in all parts of the world. In order to teach from a global perspective, the faculty abolished traditional survey courses and replaced them with a comparative civilization course, and required history majors to include course work in at least two geographic areas other than the United States and Europe. 2) A "vital" history curriculum that permits change whenever necessary can be maintained through a catalog system listing courses by region and topic to encourage imaginative and experimental course offerings. 3) A small faculty can offer a global-oriented curriculum using team teaching and retraining of faculty. The inquiry approach to global issues encourages students to select broad questions at the beginning of their study, gather, classify, and evaluate historical data, and solve problems. (SJM)
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