ERIC Number: EJ838654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
An Old Fad of Great Promise: Reverse Chronology History Teaching in Social Studies Classes
Misco, Thomas; Patterson, Nancy C.
Journal of Social Studies Research, v33 n1 p71-90 Spr 2009
This article revisits and explores the promises and challenges of reverse chronology history instruction within the social studies. In response to student disinterest in social studies, changes in our educational culture that often value content knowledge exclusively, and marginalization of instructional time stemming from testing burdens, reverse chronology curriculum design focuses on connections, meaning, relationships between past and present, and the harnessing of history's explanatory powers for understanding today and formulating normative decisions about the future. Reverse chronology bridges more traditional chronological history instruction in social studies classes and issues-centered learning. Ultimately it serves as a pathway to ensure the aims and goals of social studies education are consciously and deliberately realized.
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Social Studies, History Instruction, Futures (of Society), Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Textbooks
International Society for the Social Studies. University of Central Florida College of Education, Suite 123M P.O. Box 161250, Orlando, FL 32816. e-mail: ISSS@mail.ucf.edu, Web site: http://www.TheISSI.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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