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ERIC Number: EJ824493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Establishing World History as a Teaching Field: Comments from the Field
Don, Patricia Lopes
History Teacher, v36 n4 p505-525 Aug 2003
What needs to be done to ensure that instruction reflects world historiography and that educators move beyond old curricula? As a world history educator at the undergraduate and graduate level and a methods instructor for history/social science teacher candidates at a university with a long tradition of teacher training in California, this author has compiled a series of observations from the field about the state of world history teacher training and what needs to be done both to accelerate training and to improve it. In the first part of this paper, the author argues that the critical ingredient for improving world history instruction in public schools is not in the teacher training programs or the in-service training of teachers in the public schools, but rather in the improvement of the undergraduate world history survey course at the universities. The author argues that the undergraduate survey in world history, intended or not, is the model that most teachers will implement in their future world history classrooms, and that consequently world history advocates must be more vigilant in its development. In the second part the author explains what needs to be done to improve the subject matter content of the university survey in a way that will not only improve prospective teachers' knowledge but also help to advance university instruction in world history. In the third part, the author suggests ways to enhance better content with appropriate teaching strategies. This will not only improve the quality of the undergraduate world history survey but greatly benefit the training of school teachers of history. (Contains 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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