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Neumann, David – History Teacher, 2012
In this paper, the author argues that sustained, discipline-specific professional development provides the key to transferring research knowledge base to the classroom, where it can lead to significant improvements in the quality of history instruction. To be successful, such professional development must--like good classroom instruction--begin…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Lee, Mimi; Coughlin, Mimi – History Teacher, 2011
Enhancing teachers' ability to assess and articulate claims of historical significance will provide a valuable compass that thoughtful teachers use to navigate large amounts of material in meaningful ways. This study explores how and to what extent--if any--teachers develop their ability to apply historical reasoning to determine the significance…
Descriptors: United States History, War, History Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Juarez-Dappe, Patricia – History Teacher, 2011
The importance of content-focused professional development for high school teachers has been widely recognized by educators and legislators. Professionals in education at all levels have long argued for more contacts between secondary and post-secondary instructors as one important way to improve subject matter mastery. In response to this call,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops
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Sheets, Kevin B. – History Teacher, 2010
In teacher's idealized history classroom, students are abuzz with questions. They are eager to jump into a serious analysis of primary sources. They relish additional opportunities to engage historiographical debates. They are, as teachers like to say, "thinking historically." While there are few easy ways to create these idealized…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education
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Deardorff, Michelle D.; Kolnick, Jeffrey; Mvusi, Thandekile R. M.; McLemore, Leslie Burl – History Teacher, 2005
The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy is a coalition of friends who share a vision of the potential of education. Founded in 1997 at a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, the Hamer Institute conducts seminars and workshops for K-12 teachers and students that feature the role…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Seminars, Secondary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education
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Drake, Frederick D.; Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2003
This essay aims to provide beginning and experienced history teachers as well as history teaching methods professors with a helpful strategy designed to improve students' knowledge of historical content and competence in historical thinking. It introduces a systematic approach to the use of primary sources which emphasizes the "doing" of history,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Methods Courses, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Stein, Alex – History Teacher, 2003
The Teaching American History (TAH) program began in 2001 as a bold new idea: that history content could be delivered directly to United States history teachers through ongoing partnerships with providers of history expertise. The program awards three-year federal education grants for up to $1 million to develop and carry out these professional…
Descriptors: United States History, Professional Development, Grants, History Instruction
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Moyer, Judith; Onosko, Joseph; Forcey, Charles; Cobb, Casey – History Teacher, 2003
This article discusses the History in Perspective Project (HIP), a collaborative project between the University of New Hampshire (UNH), its Supervisory Administration Unit #56 (SAU #56), and 13 other school districts. The authors' three-pronged plan was simple, straightforward, and, in some ways, experimental. From observation and experience, they…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), United States History, Seminars, Learning Activities
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Pesick, Stan; Weintraub, Shelley – History Teacher, 2003
The need to increase the content knowledge of American History teachers is emphasized by the Teaching American History Grant. This focus recognizes the crucial role played by classroom teachers in helping students increase their knowledge and understanding of American History. Oakland Unified School District's Teaching American History project,…
Descriptors: United States History, Grants, History Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge