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ERIC Number: EJ1002124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
A Pedagogical Trebuchet: A Case Study in Experimental History and History Pedagogy
Brice, Lee L.; Catania, Steven
History Teacher, v46 n1 p67-84 Nov 2012
A common problem history teachers face regardless of their field of specialization is how to help students find answers to the most difficult historical questions, those for which the sources are unavailable or inaccessible, and teach them to do so in a methodologically valid manner. This article presents a case study which shows how a project in experimental history applied to a medieval trebuchet was used to solve just such problems by encouraging historical thinking, hypothesis testing of a historical problem, and reinforcing traditional primary source research. Follow-up of this first project by several others in experimental history has shown good results in student-centered historical pedagogy as well as teaching historical research methods, exploring difficult topics, and inspiring students. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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