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ERIC Number: EJ1016188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1191-162X
Was Columbus a Hero? A Study of Students Who Have Been Confronted with Multiple Historical Narratives
Pollock, Scott A.
Canadian Social Studies, v46 n1 p1-14 Spr 2013
This paper compares two attempts by the author to teach two different grade 12 world history classes to think historically. Both classes were presented with a similar assignment that revolved around the conflicting historical accounts of Christopher Columbus. However, the second group of students was also provided with direct instruction about the nature and construction of historical accounts. In the end, this second group of students demonstrated, on average, a more sophisticated understanding of the study of history. These results correspond with a growing body of research, which suggests that historical understanding can be taught by carefully crafted lessons.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
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Language: English
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