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ERIC Number: EJ770188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Prediction Making within a Historical Context
O'Brien, Joseph; Kohlmeier, Jada; Guilfoyle, Casey
Social Studies, v94 n6 p271-278 Nov-Dec 2003
History education lends itself to considering historical problems from the perspective of people of that time and exploring their thinking or "predictions" about the problems' possible effects. Building lessons around the use of prediction-making humanizes history because it allows students to investigate historical events and understand historical people in the following ways: (1) taking a personal approach; (2) challenging the accepted; (3) breathing life into history; and (4) solving the problems of the past. In this article, the authors discuss how historical prediction-making highlights certain features of history, offer an instructional model that enables students to make reasoned predictions about the outcome of historical events, and present an example drawn from primary sources related to the ratification debates over the U.S. Constitution. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights; United States Constitution