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ERIC Number: EJ837177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Role of Emotion in Teaching and Learning History: A Scholarship of Teaching Exploration
Berry, Chad; Schmied, Lori A.; Schrock, Josef Chad
History Teacher, v41 n4 p437-452 Aug 2008
It is ironic that visuals are so integrated into postmodern American culture, and yet history instructors still seem so uncomfortable with them, evidently preferring written texts over visual ones. Historians who advocate the analysis of images speak clearly, loudly, and uniformly on one point: they urge instructors to move beyond using images merely as presentational gimmicks to engage students and rather as the source of (potentially new) historical interpretations, arguments, and understandings. The authors believe that visual evidence must come from the margins to the center of historical inquiry due to the value images have in terms of memory and long-term learning. They also acknowledge that history is not something one "memorizes," and therefore they sought to examine how particular images relate to content knowledge and, in turn, to historical thinking. Their endeavor stems from a historian's particular question to two psychology colleagues regarding scholarship of teaching about the role of emotional images in student learning. In this paper, the authors--a historian, a biopsychologist, and a cognitive psychologist--report on a collaborative experiment they conducted to measure student retention of historical information, with emotional images being the crucial research variable. While images were not necessarily the focus of interpretation for students, they were valuable catalysts to engagement and, ultimately, learning. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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