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ERIC Number: EJ1073911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1191-162X
The Historical Imagination: Collingwood in the Classroom
Lemisko, Lynn Speer
Canadian Social Studies, v38 n2 Win 2004
Philosopher and historian R. G. Collingwood developed and elaborated a theory and approach to reconstructing knowledge about the past that relies on the historical imagination. This paper argues that Collingwood's theory offers teachers sound reasons for using constructivist approaches in their classrooms and that his methodological approach can be adapted to develop instructional strategies that recognize the importance of the human imagination in the learning process. Important aspects of Collingwood's theoretical approach will be briefly explained, a description of his suggested method for handling primary source materials will be provided, and an instructional strategy for imagining the past, based on his method, will be outlined.
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Language: English
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