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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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Schick, James B. M. – History Teacher, 1991
Presents results of a survey of students' favorite middle and high school courses. Reports that the greatest disparity between most and least favorite subject was recorded for history. Concludes that overall, history was viewed positively by a wider margin than any other subject. Suggests that, although students like history, teachers must…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Course Selection (Students), Educational Assessment, Higher Education
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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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Black, Beverly; Bonwell, Charles – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the lack of teacher training provided for teaching assistants in history departments. Argues that emphasis on research and publication is misplaced because most new Ph.D.s will be teaching rather than publishing. Urges teacher training to prepare graduate students for their chosen profession and to improve undergraduate education. (DK)
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Birken, Lawrence – History Teacher, 1992
Discusses opposing tendencies in the interpretation of Western Civilization. Describes the expanded definition that includes Byzantine and Islamic cultures as heirs of the Greco-Roman cultures. Suggests that a limited definition of Western culture will facilitate a problems approach, emphasize diversity among cultures, and integrate the classical…
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, European History, Higher Education, Historiography
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History Teacher, 1989
Presents the Bradley Commission on History in Schools' recommendations that history become the core of the social studies curriculum. Identifies six themes of historical inquiry, and outlines topics for the study of U.S. history, Western civilization, and world history. Analyzes the place of history in all grades. Suggests changes in curriculum.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, History
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Patrick, John J. – History Teacher, 1989
Discusses the Bradley Commission on History in School recommendations as part of the 1980s curriculum reform movement. Examines the problem of too many social science disciplines competing for space within the limited core curriculum. Analyzes several major reports published on social studies curriculum reform. Concludes with further questions…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems
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Salvucci, Linda K. – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses coverage of Mexican history and Mexican Americans in 10 U.S. history textbooks approved for use in Texas. Criticizes the lack of complete information, ethnocentricity, and failure to present the Mexican point of view. Argues that U.S. history courses should cover topics of Mexican history, including Spanish colonialism, the Texas…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Stereotypes, Ethnocentrism, Majority Attitudes
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Schnucker, Robert V. – History Teacher, 1991
Describes the development of a history assessment test by Northeast Missouri State University (Kirksville) faculty. Discusses content, problems with design and cooperation, and theories of assessment testing. Includes sample questions demonstrating the cube plan, a technique that involves using a single question to measure three learning…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education