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ERIC Number: EJ993892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
Understanding Historical Thinking at Historic Sites
Baron, Christine
Journal of Educational Psychology, v104 n3 p833-847 Aug 2012
This article describes the interpretive processes historians engage in when "reading" historic buildings and examines what qualifies as historical thinking about historic buildings and sites. To gather evidence of what historical thinking looks like as it pertains to buildings, 5 practicing historians were recorded as they toured the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts. From these protocols, 5 heuristics were identified: origination, intertectonality, stratification, supposition, and empathetic insight. The heuristics described here provide the means through which a wider range of historic materials can be brought into the discussion of what it means to think historically. (Contains 8 tables, 3 figures and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts