ERIC Number: ED127224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Probing the Past: A Guide to the Study and Teaching of History.
Stephens, Lester D.
This book provides history teachers with an understanding of the nature of historical inquiry and suggests approaches to the teaching of history. The discipline is described as an art and a science, narrative and analytical, sometimes bordering on myth. Consideration of historical evidence, ranging from concrete facts to oral sources, is seen to promote inference and hypothesis. The historian must exercise objectivity when interpreting raw facts into meaningful relationships. Although history does not follow strict laws, patterns of development can be identified. The author explains how such fields as folklore and psychology relate to history. He identifies prediction and self-identification as some of the uses of history. Five chapters focusing on history instruction give directions for choosing content, designing lessons to incorporate texts and other materials, understanding instructional and inquiry procedures, and constructing evaluation instruments. Three illustrative lessons and a selective list of textbooks are provided. (AV)
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, History Textbooks, Inquiry, Learning, Questioning Techniques, Secondary Education, Social Science Research, Social Sciences, Teacher Education, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Allyn and Bacon, Longwood Division, 470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210 ($13.95)
Publication Type: Books
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