ERIC Number: ED371979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Doing History: A Model for Helping Teachers. A Report on the History Academy for Ohio Teachers. Occasional Paper.
Zilversmit, Arthur; Reed, Elaine Wrisley
The History Academy for Ohio Teachers provided 40 Ohio teachers with an intense 4-week summer immersion in world and U.S. history and in historical theory and methods that was followed by a year-long follow up program on teaching units. Working together with college based historians, a new model was developed to help educators improve the teaching of history in schools. Although many participants were initially suspicious of the portfolios that were used to evaluate the program, a large number found the process useful and implemented it in their classrooms. The journals kept by the teachers provided a way to understand the academy process, and some teachers incorporated journals into their classroom strategies. A third instrument was devised to measure the degree that participants understood the nature of the discipline before and after the academy summer program. Nine participants showed no change while most participants gained a full letter grade. Issues concerning the professional development of teachers followed a discussion of what worked with the program and what would be done differently. Appendix 1 lists 24 members of the History Academy Advisory Council. Appendix 2 provides a recruitment brochure and inserts for the 1992-1993 History Academy for Ohio Teachers. Appendix 3 presents the Ohio Historians Network recruitment letter of January 31, 1992, and appendix 4 gives the syllabus for the summer academy courses. Appendix 5 lists 20 academic staff, visiting speakers, and consultants, and appendix 6 describes the document evaluation exercises and results. (CK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, History Instruction, Journal Writing, Models, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Evaluation, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Skills, United States History, World History
National Council for History Education, Inc., 26915 Westwood Road, Suite B-2, Westlake, OH 44145-4656.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.