ERIC Number: ED422236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing History Education in American Schools. A Symposium at the Library of Congress. Panel 2. Occasional Paper.
National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.
This occasional paper discusses and examines how well or how poorly history is faring in U.S. schools by noted historians. D. Stephen Elliott of Colonial Williamsburg, describes how focus group discussions improved the delivery of history at Williamsburg. Claudia Hoone, fourth-grade teacher at Public School 58 in Indianapolis, advocates using methods of historical investigation to enliven student learning and draw them into history. John Lewis Gaddis of the Contemporary History Institute of Ohio University discusses the changing definition of "contemporary" and how the struggle is to retain the sense of immediacy that can come from any subject in history. Barbara J. Fields, Columbia University, examines how history can be used most accurately to demonstrate that race is a historical process, not a biological fact or an innate and primordial prejudice. Spencer Crew of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution explains how "story and stuff" must be included in history in order to make it something in which people participate. Lewis Laphan, editor of "Harper's Magazine," proffers how the teaching of history is a necessity to give people a sense of their kinship with a wider self and a historical perspective of events. (EH)
Descriptors: Educational Methods, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Historians, Historiography, History Instruction, Primary Sources, Social Studies, United States History
National Council for History Education, Inc., 26915 Westwood Road, Suite B-2, Westlake, OH, 44145-4656; telephone: 216-835-1776.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.
Note: For Panels 1 and 3, see SO 029 130-132.