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ERIC Number: EJ791691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
History Is Written by the Learners: How Student Views Trump United States History Curricula
Wheeler, Schaun
History Teacher, v41 n1 p9-24 Nov 2007
In this article, the author shares how he was able to change the negative attitude of his students towards their United States history class. The first section of this article outlines the changes the author made to the history curriculum in his class; the second section outlines the effects of those changes; and the third section explains why his class worked, based on ethnographic research conducted with some of the students from his class about three months after they graduated from high school. The author argues that he got his students to not hate history by throwing out two basic assumptions of history teaching: that history should be taught chronologically and that history should focus on particular groups and people. The author offers an alternative method for teaching United States history that does not make these assumptions. (Contains 1 table and 22 endnotes.)
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 - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A