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de Graaf, Lawrence B. – History Teacher, 1992
Explores the use of outdated reference materials in history instruction and the inadequacy of bibliographic training for history graduate students. Describes the explosive growth in the availability of reference works and their changes in form. Observes that historians still rely primarily on written reference works. Offers a taxonomy of U.S.…
Descriptors: Classification, Graduate Study, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Graves, Howard – History Teacher, 1992
Suggests a method for teaching history as a means of exposing students to and enabling them to internalize historical definitions, theories, and uses. Lists topics that should be discussed in an introductory unit on the nature of history. Includes an appendix setting out a schedule of themes for the unit. (SG)
Descriptors: Course Content, Higher Education, History Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Hauben, Paul J. – History Teacher, 1992
Describes the evolution of a course concerning the role of Spain in the Americas. Suggests that Spain has had a strong influence on the region. Explains that students participated unexpectedly well within the course's discussion seminar format. Includes an appendix setting out assigned readings and a course syllabus. (SG)
Descriptors: Course Content, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Shapiro, Susan – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the importance of attracting and maintaining student interest when teaching history. Argues that students learn best when they participate. Recommends using open-ended questions to motivate students to the process of studying history, making choices, and looking for answers. Emphasizes the value of mentoring, continuing education, and…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Higher Education, History Instruction, Mentors
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Toplin, Robert Brent – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses "Liberal Learning and the History Major," a report on the state of history education by the American Historical Association that cited a need for curricular structure in and continuity among history departments. Includes an overview of recommendations on curriculum, active learning, and emphasis on research and writing skills.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Departments, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Ellis, William E. – History Teacher, 1991
Describes a student project for an introductory course in U.S. history in which students gather oral or written recollections of the Depression era of the 1930s. Includes a sample questionnaire and other suggested projects. Discusses discovery of the relevance of textbook material to students' families. (DK)
Descriptors: Family History, Higher Education, Historiography, History Instruction
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Scherer, Paul H. – History Teacher, 1991
Describes an undergraduate history course based on the television miniseries, "Winds of War." Discusses problems faced by the instructors and additional requirements of the course that provided a firm historical foundation for the film. Recommends use of televised motion pictures as a superior means of generating student interest in…
Descriptors: Course Content, Films, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Simon, Linda – History Teacher, 1991
Argues that understanding assignments is the first step toward successful college writing. Urges instructors to support students by helping them to decode assignments. Breaks down instructions into individual tasks including (1) writing an essay, (2) examining an issue, (3) reviewing articles and books, and (4) focusing on some texts. Defines each…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Papers (Students), Task Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Holl, Jack M.; Convis, Sheila C. – History Teacher, 1991
Presents results of a survey of the teaching about nuclear history at U.S. colleges and universities. Reports the existence of a well-established and extensive literature, a focus on nuclear weapons or warfare, and a concentration on nuclear citizenship, therapy, or eschatology for courses outside of history departments. Discusses individual…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Course Objectives, Diplomatic History
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Douthit, Nathan – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the debate between proponents of western civilization and of world or global history. Proposes using disputed theoretical ground as a common resource. Explores the origins of global consciousness in western civilization. Examines the contributions of nonwestern civilizations to the development of global history. Urges consideration of…
Descriptors: Capitalism, Cultural Exchange, Development, Global Approach
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Mackey, Thomas – History Teacher, 1991
Presents a plan for teaching historiography through analysis of baseball cards. Explains that students can learn about society, culture, discrimination, and inference. Reports that the lesson increased student interest, motivation, and sensitivity to the importance of historical sources. (DK)
Descriptors: Baseball, Cultural Context, Higher Education, Historiography
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Ledbetter, Rosanna – History Teacher, 1991
Defines assessment as finding out where the problems are in a program for the purpose of eliminating them. Presents a method for developing a formal assessment plan in history including principles of assessment, program goals, and objectives. Suggests determining what is already done and what further assessment methods are desired. (DK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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Kyvig, David E. – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the development of public history as a field. Presents results of a survey of members of the National Council on Public History describing employment opportunities and career choices available. Suggests conferences, videos, and books to be used in teaching students about public history. Urges recognition of public historians'…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Government Employees
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Fitzgerald, Carol Bondhus – History Teacher, 1984
The Library of Congress has indexed and microfilmed its collection of presidential papers as the Presidential Papers Microfilm Series, which is now available to scholars and students. Each collection of presidential papers in the series is briefly described. (RM)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Presidents, Primary Sources, Resource Materials
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Zinsser, Judith P. – History Teacher, 1990
Sees the United Nations Decade for Women (1975-85) as a series of events with revolutionary significance. States conferences held during this period produced significant documents giving legal recognition and force of international law to reforms. Describes the struggles at the Nairobi (Kenya) conference of 1985. Includes a five page list of…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, International Cooperation
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