ERIC Number: ED430846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Enlarging the Profession: Scholars Teaching History. A Plan of Action from the NCHE Conference, "Preparing Knowledgeable and Effective History Teachers."
National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.
This position paper outlines the actions of a National Council for History Education (NCHE) conference. A six-part action plan was elaborated for offering students a solid and engaging study of history by enlarging the profession to include "scholars teaching history." The paper cites 29 points broken down into the following 6 sections: (1) "Actions by and for Teachers"; (2) "Actions by and for Education School Faculty Members and Deans"; (3) "Actions by and for University Historians and Department Chairs"; (4) "Actions by and for Local School Administrators and School Committee/Board Members"; (5) "Actions by and for Representatives of State Departments of Education"; and (6) "Actions by and for Members of State Education and University Governing Boards." In addition, the paper considers how NCHE, with its resources, can help all those who want to respond with action to enlarge and sustain a corps of scholars teaching history in the schools. The paper reiterates the most promising features of the national campaign for history education reform: (1) basic history education should include fundamentals knowledge and an understanding of the way such knowledge is discovered and verified; and (2) knowledgeable students of history are best taught by instructors who have a deep background in the subject-matter-content of history and a thorough understanding of effective ways to help students learn the content and skills of history. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.