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ERIC Number: EJ856326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Bringing History Home: A K-5 Curriculum Design
Fillpot, Elise
History Teacher, v42 n3 p281-295 May 2009
Bringing history home, an elementary history curriculum and professional development project, began in 2001. As originally conceived, the project's main purpose was to move history from the margins described by Bruce VanSledright into the mainstream of the K-5 school day. Seven years later, the Bringing History Home (BHH) instructional units are taught in six Iowa school districts, and pedagogical elements of the curriculum are spreading to schools in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and North Dakota. Nationally, Bringing History Home has yet to have much impact on elementary education. In the schools where it has been adopted, however, it is the center of Social Studies in all K-5 classrooms. At the conclusion of the Teaching American History grants that supported the project pilot phases, preliminary results from a systematic external evaluation of student learning suggest that the program results in extensive and significant outcomes. In preparation for future descriptions and discussions of the program's outcomes, this article describes the BHH curriculum and explores how its design was informed by and aligns with theory and research in history education. (Contains 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Iowa; Michigan; Missouri; North Dakota