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ERIC Number: ED429116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 23
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Adolescents' Ideas about Explanatory Assessment in History.
Barca, Isabel
This paper traces some ideas produced by adolescent students when deciding among different explanations of a past situation. For this purpose, a sample of 270 Portuguese students ranging from 12 to 20 years old, attending 7th to 11th grades, was analyzed in a qualitative approach. Students' ideas were mapped through five levels of progression, in light of a theoretical framework considering criteria for assessment of explanatory validity. The results of this research suggest that adolescents argue for and against explanations by applying, at various levels of sophistication, criteria of explanatory consistency and methodological detachment. In history education, this is relevant to designing instruction that will enable students to reason about explanatory validity and to help them progress beyond stereotypes or commonsense views when deciding among several versions of the past. One appendix contains different sample historical versions of an event, and the other contains the task questions. (Contains 1 table and 22 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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