ERIC Number: ED343623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Committee for the Introductory Course in History (CINCH), 1988-1991: An Overview of Its Investigations and Findings.
Center for Faculty Development, Princeton, NJ.
Between 1988 and 1991, the Center for Faculty Development undertook a project to evaluate the teaching of the Introductory Course in History at American community colleges. Based upon a survey of over 100 introductory history teachers and conference discussions, it was determined that two sets of course guidelines for faculty were required, one for Western Civilization and one for World History courses, each divided into two semesters. In addition, the survey of teachers found several key issues, including a lack of commonality in the themes of Western and World History; a need for a practical alternative to courses emphasizing a superior Western culture; and a difference in conceptual approaches between Western Civilization and World History. The bulk of this report consists of course guidelines for the Western Civilization and World History courses. Separate guidelines are presented for three approaches to teaching the courses: "Chronological," a basic narrative, period-by-period course; "Sources," built around an intensive and interdisciplinary study of primary sources; and "Postholes," focusing on a close analysis of a few major historical periods. Each of the course guidelines contains: (1) detailed syllabi for both semesters; (2) course objectives; (3) suggested learning activities and discussion topics; (4) lists of primary and secondary sources; (5) sample expanded curricular guides; (6) study guides; (7) lists of recommended audiovisual materials; (8) expanded course outlines; (9) faculty reading lists; and (10) sample lectures. Other appendixes contain the original survey questions and responses and a list of task force members. (JSP)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Course Organization, European History, History Instruction, Instructional Material Evaluation, Introductory Courses, Two Year Colleges, Western Civilization, World History
Center for Faculty Development, Department of History, 129 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Faculty Development, Princeton, NJ.