ERIC Number: ED452099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Meaning over Memory: Recasting the Teaching of Culture and History. H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series.
Stearns, Peter N.
This book reconsiders why and how U.S. humanities education is taught. A humanities program should teach students not just memorizable facts but analytical skills that are vital for a critically informed citizenry. Innovative research is important as the basis of such a curriculum. Specific suggestions are outlined for translating curriculum goals into courses that can be taught alongside or instead of more conventional staples. Chapters include: (1) "The Question of Urgency: The Issues in Perspective"; (2) "Innovations in the Humanities: Before the Crisis"; (3) "Sacred Cows in Humanities Teaching, and How They Got Grazing Rights"; (4) "Answering the Canon Fire: The Debate Miscast"; (5) "Clearing the Decks for Creative Planning"; (6) "Education: The Central Mission of the Humanities"; and (7) "Rethinking Actual Curricula: The Conversion to Analysis." The conclusion is titled "Educating for Democracy." (EH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Culture, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Historiography, History Instruction, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, United States History, World History
University of North Carolina Press, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288 (paperback: ISBN-0-8078-4485-3, $19.95; hardback: ISBN-0-8078-2090-3, $34.95). paper); Tel: 800-848-6224 (Toll Free); Web site: http://uncpress.unc.edu/.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Note: Published with the assistance of the H. Eugene and Lillian Lehman Fund of the University of North Carolina Press.