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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2008
As universities become more invested in assessment and outcomes, department chairs and deans increasingly are asked to figure out why some departments score well on tests, and others dismally low. In this article, the author sets out some guidelines and processes for examining test score data, in order to save time for faculty members and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Scores, Department Heads
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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2007
It is not too early to ask what legacy the Teaching American History grants will leave behind. Put another way, when all the money is spent, when all the seminars are done, when all the professional development has ended, what evidence will there be that the program ever existed? Will historians in the future look back at the evidence left behind…
Descriptors: Historians, Grants, United States History, History Instruction
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Olwell, Russell; Delph, Ronald – History Teacher, 2004
History departments are not generally known as hotbeds of assessment activity. Doctoral programs in history rarely touch the issue of how to assess student learning, while program review as an idea appears to many historians as an invasion of their turf by outsiders. At Eastern Michigan University, members of the faculty in the Department of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Writing Ability, Research Papers (Students), Doctoral Programs
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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2001
Most students do not enter college-level history classes knowing much about the history of slavery and race relations. As James Loewen pointed out in his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me," most K-12 history textbooks and classes avoid controversy and therefore steer clear of discussions of slavery and its impact on American history. However, a…
Descriptors: United States History, Race, Elementary Secondary Education, Slavery