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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 2009
As in any historical endeavor, periodization is an attempt to manage change, and present it coherently, by noting points where key breaks in framework occur. In world history, periodization has come to convey, particularly, shifts in the pattern of interactions and contacts among many, though not always all, major societies. In this article, the…
Descriptors: World History, Modern History, History Instruction, Classification
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 2003
Globalization provides history teachers with an opportunity to link past to present in new ways and to test historical thinking. This is particularly true in world history surveys, but has relevance to Western civilization or United States history surveys as well. For globalization in turn, the historical perspective offers opportunities for more…
Descriptors: World History, United States History, Western Civilization, Global Approach
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 2000
Explores what assumptions, specifically cultural memories and identity components, students bring with them into a world history course. Focuses on such topics as "Western" values and the two possible candidates of memory issues in world history (gender and idea of "modern"). (CMK)
Descriptors: Gender Issues, High School Students, High Schools, History Instruction
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 1999
Describes the new Advanced Placement (AP) world history course, which has a global and thematic focus and emphasizes global interactions and comparative issues. Discusses the chronology used and its emphasis on global forces and developments within civilizations. Believes that world history courses should assist students in understanding how the…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Course Content, Educational Objectives, Global Approach
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 1977
Characterizes the crisis in history instruction as resulting from low student interest and high unemployment among historians. Suggests actions by historians which might mitigate this crisis, including expanding course offerings to include subjects of global interest, offering innovative courses, stressing basic patterns of human experience, and…
Descriptors: Educational Problems, Educational Trends, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 1979
Discusses the advantages of teaching history sequentially, considering factual, methodological, and conceptual relationships. (CK)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Stearns, Peter N.; Tarr, Joel A. – History Teacher, 1981
Describes a successful approach to college-level modern history teaching using three case studies to examine the technical, social, and political conditions shaping government policy. A discussion of problems inherent in this teaching method is included. (AM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Government Role, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 1987
Discusses how periodization (the categorizing of history into identifiable periods) can be used effectively in world history courses to make the subject matter manageable and to avoid overwhelming the students with details. Presents a schema which interweaves technology, economic contacts, and cultural systems to help students handle the idea of…
Descriptors: Culture, Curriculum Development, Economics, Higher Education