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ERIC Number: EJ1073974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1191-162X
Historical Thinking in the Elementary Years: A Review of Current Research
von Heyking, Amy
Canadian Social Studies, v39 n1 Fall 2004
Two important developments have occurred in the field of history education that have had important implications for elementary school teachers. First, our understanding of history as a discipline reflects a new understanding about the nature and purpose of history teaching. Second, we have a better understanding of the cognitive capacities of elementary school children, which means that new programs require even very young children in our schools to engage in historical thinking tasks. Peter Seixas (1996) identified six specific elements in the structure of the discipline of history that provide a coherent and thorough framework for an analysis of historical thinking. These elements will provide a framework for a review of current research into children's historical thinking and for suggested activities that would appropriately address these elements in elementary school history classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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