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ERIC Number: ED307212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-30
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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National History Day: What Historians Can and Are Doing.
Bennett, Pamela J.
This document describes Indiana's experience with the National History Day program, explores the potential for historical agency involvement, and presents partial results of a survey conducted of History Day coordinators in the state. Indiana History Day was established at the Social Studies Development Center and Indiana University (Bloomington) and picked up by the Indiana Historical Bureau when initial funding ran out in 1980. There are now fruitful collaborations between academic affiliates and historical agencies in both strong and weak programs throughout the country. For a strong organization, there should be a strong cooperative relationship between the state coordinator and the major social studies and history organization or organizations at the state level. Impediments to such collaborations are examined and successful programs are identified. A survey was distributed by the Indiana Historical Bureau and included questions from various state coordinators that had been submitted after the June 1988 national contest. Responses provided a general picture of low funding, few personnel and little staff support, little recognition, and a lack of knowledge among state coordinators about their district level programs. Most states have a long way to go to fulfill the potential that History Day offers for history instruction at all levels. National History Day is one of the best scholastic competitions available, but it must be institutionalized with mechanisms for solid, stable funding and support services to make it the best possible program serving the largest possible number of students and teachers. (GEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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