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ERIC Number: EJ994105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Seeing through the Eyes of a History Teacher
Westhoff, Laura M.
History Teacher, v45 n4 p533-548 Aug 2012
In this essay, the author offers her experiences teaching a methods course at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL), "U.S. History for the Secondary Classroom" (History 4013), in order to foster discussion of how history educators might find ways to close the gap between history content and pedagogy. The author focuses particularly on the skills of historical synthesis required of high school history teachers, but often overlooked in teacher preparation programs. She also identifies challenges teacher candidates confront in the course as they work to develop epistemic and pedagogical foundations for the content choices they will make as history teachers. In making the case for methods courses in which students have opportunities to practice the skills of synthesis, she argues for the vital role of history educators in helping aspiring teachers, administrators, and the broader public better understand the intellectual richness and civic significance of history education. (Contains 36 notes.)
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri