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ERIC Number: EJ813411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Challenging History: Essential Questions in the Social Studies Classroom
Lattimer, Heather
Social Education, v72 n6 p326-329 Oct 2008
Many history classrooms are led by well-intentioned, knowledgeable teachers who work hard to find and develop engaging activities that connect to the larger concepts of history. But, too often, these teachers are the ones doing all the thinking in the classroom. This dynamic needs to shift--teachers need to be facilitating student thinking. One approach that the author and her colleagues have found to be successful in supporting a move toward student ownership of historical understanding is the use of unit-framing, or essential questions. Drawing on educational research and classroom experience, this article makes a case for why such an approach is appropriate in the history/social science classroom and gives examples of its application. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California