ERIC Number: ED422240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
The Future of History. Occasional Paper.
Woodward, C. Vann
This occasional paper discusses and examines the role of history as a link between the past and the future. The paper advocates one of the tasks of historians is to keep the present in reasonable touch with the past and with the hope of helping the present to accept and understand the future when it comes. The report cites the declining enrollment in the number of history degrees granted by colleges during the years 1970-71 to 1985-86 as an example of the disinterest in history. This decline occurred during years of sharp increases in the number of college students. The paper cautions against the misuse of history as propaganda and suggests that history contains both science and art, in indeed a "craft." (EH)
Descriptors: Educational Methods, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Historians, Historiography, History Instruction, United States History, World History
National Council for History Education, Inc., 26915 Westwood Road, Suite B-2, Westlake, OH, 44145-4656; telephone: 216-835-1776.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.