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ERIC Number: EJ791653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
National History Day: Developing Digital Native Historians
Scheuerell, Scott
History Teacher, v40 n3 p417-425 May 2007
Unfortunately, many students, are failing to learn history. Fifty-seven percent of high school students scored "below basic understanding" on their knowledge of United States history. Interestingly, less than half of the students were familiar with Patrick Henry, the War of 1812, the Marshall Plan, or the Great Society. Perhaps the time has come for history teachers to consider other instructional approaches. Traditionally, students listen to lectures, read textbooks, and memorize facts for tests. Students are usually asked to memorize an endless number of names, dates, and details that they do not find interesting. The documentary category of the National History Day program offers a promising alternative to the traditional instructional approach. Students can be set to work doing research and can present their findings in a documentary using video editing software. In this article, the author presents the findings of a case study that he conducted of the National History Day program which demonstrates that students are becoming historians when they produce a documentary for the contest. (Contains 21 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland