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ERIC Number: EJ824472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Internationalizing the United States Survey Course: American History for a Global Age
Guarneri, Carl J.
History Teacher, v36 n1 p37-64 Nov 2002
There has been an unmistakably more cosmopolitan approach to American history among scholars of the past two decades. This essay addresses the issue concerning the future of United States survey course as American history moves toward internationalization. Proponents of internationalization themselves disagree about the future of the United States survey: some want to retain it while others propose to abolish it and absorb its American component into global or world history. The La Pietra report, which is jointly issued by New York University and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and which makes an eloquent appeal for a more internationalized American history, suggests that the introductory survey is "properly a focal point" for creating an internationalized American history, and then provides brief suggestions for reforming or reframing it. Changes that begin to globalize United States history are already being introduced by individual teachers and departments, but without much publicity and coordination. For their part, proponents of internationalization have offered more exhortation than curricular strategies and examples. The main intent of this essay is to provide an overview of various models and approaches for internationalizing the survey, in hopes of encouraging interested teachers and inspiring new course paradigms. A secondary aim is to address a few of the objections and obstacles that may impede this work; or, put more positively, to suggest some disciplinary connections and curricular materials that can support it. (Contains 68 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States