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ERIC Number: EJ1037638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Making Connections for Themselves and Their Students: Examining Teachers' Organization of World History
Harris, Lauren McArthur
Theory and Research in Social Education, v42 n3 p336-374 2014
The ability to make connections is an important aspect of teaching history and a vital skill in our increasingly globalized world. This study examines how preservice and practicing teachers organize and connect world historical events and concepts for themselves and for instructional purposes. Findings are based on interviews with 2 card-sorting and think-aloud tasks. Analysis of card-sort maps found that participants made different kinds of connections that give insight into the types of knowledge needed for and the challenges involved with teaching world history. Participants were able to represent the most sophisticated historical processes when they discussed how to connect events to other events. All of the participants made fewer event-to-event connections in the second card-sort focused on instruction, and all but 1 changed the organizational scheme of the cards. This second finding indicates a shift in how participants represented their thinking of world history for themselves and how they might represent it for their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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