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ERIC Number: EJ837175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
"History Doesn't Count": Challenges of Teaching History in California Schools
de Oliveiria, Luciana C.
History Teacher, v41 n3 p363-378 May 2008
Being a teacher is a multifaceted process situated in contexts that deeply influence one's experiences and development. History teachers face a number of challenges while simultaneously holding particular goals for history teaching. Drawing on interview data from focus teachers with different levels of teaching experience, this article presents the challenges that these history teachers face, with a particular emphasis on the issues they encounter when they address writing in history classes in California. Questions such as "What challenges do history teachers who work in highly diverse neighborhoods face?" and "How do these challenges affect the teaching of writing in history?" are explored in this article. Four history teachers from two school districts in the Sacramento region of California participated in this study. This study highlights the importance of challenges in the instructional decisions teachers make. All four focus teachers reported how the challenges affected how much they could focus on writing in history. Though they all highlighted the importance of reading, writing, and analysis in school history, they found it particularly difficult to instruct on these skills effectively because of many curricular constraints, lack of time, and students' limited abilities. Since history is not emphasized much in school, the implicit and explicit message conveyed to both history teachers and students is that "history doesn't count." (Contains 1 table.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California