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ERIC Number: EJ792572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Historical Perspective Taking: A Standardized Measure for an Aspect of Students' Historical Thinking
Hartmann, Ulrike; Hasselhorn, Marcus
Learning and Individual Differences, v18 n2 p264-270 2008
Researchers widely agree that learning history should involve more than learning historical facts and should include competencies of historical thinking. Various models of historical thinking view students' competency to take historical perspectives as a standard in history education. In this study we introduce a standardized measure for historical perspective taking (HPT) consisting of a short scenario set in the German Weimar Republic. We assessed students' HPT by using rating scales; our data were obtained in grammar schools from 170 German 10th graders. Latent class analyses identified three types of students with similar profiles of HPT. One was present-oriented and two showed more or less contextualized historical thinking. Students' history grades were connected to their HPT competency. We discuss limitations of the study and argue for further research on measures assessing students' historical thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany