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ERIC Number: EJ856341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Descent from the Ivory Tower: A Group Assignment for Studying the Role of History in Society
Amirell, Stefan Eklof
History Teacher, v42 n4 p441-456 Aug 2009
In spite of a strong and long-standing commitment among historians to the Humboldt ideal of an intimate connection between research and teaching in higher education, questions about the role of history and how it is used in society rarely seem to receive much attention in history classes. Against this background, the present article first discusses some of the underlying reasons for the lack of reflection on history's role in society in most traditional history courses. Subsequently, a group assignment is presented that encourages students (and their teachers) to descend from the "ivory towers" of their academic history departments and reflect on the various ways in which historical knowledge is used in the wider society of which they are a part. In conclusion, the article discusses some of the interesting options for high school and undergraduate history classes to explore the place of history in society. (Contains 5 figures and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden