ERIC Number: ED428983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
"Letting Go": Rethinking Teaching World History at the Secondary Level. A Plan for a One-Year Thematic World History Course.
Pike, Ellen Leader
This paper examines the shortcomings of the area studies approach and the comprehensive chronological world history survey approach to teaching world history courses. The study notes the increasing interdependence of the world and its people and advocates a thematic world history approach. By teaching a few important themes in world history, students will develop a keener understanding of world historical processes and their interrelationships. In the process students will become more involved and interested in world history. The paper examines the research related to history instruction and students' knowledge about world history. A thematic approach to world history teaches for understanding and develops meaning for world events today. Themes identified for study include: (1) historiography; (2) patterns of human organization; (3) systems of faith; (4) revolution; and (5) technology. Contains 41 references and a 42-item annotated bibliography. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education.