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Andrews, Gordon; Warren, Wilson J.; Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2013
In April 2011, Congress slashed funding for a majority of programs tied to education. Several programs related to professional development for teachers did not survive. While cut severely--from $119 million in Fiscal Year 2010 to $46 million (a loss of $73 million or 61% of its funding)--Teaching American History (TAH) grants lived, albeit by…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, Faculty Development, Grants
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Pellegrino, Anthony M.; Mann, Linda J.; Russell, William B., III – History Teacher, 2013
Effective history teaching includes ample opportunities for students to develop historical thinking skills and habits of mind which encourage them to learn content beyond simple acquisition of facts. Covering the profound topic of segregation by employing multiple perspectives and encouraging investigation beyond the traditional narrative provides…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Thinking Skills, School Segregation, African American Education
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Westhoff, Laura M. – History Teacher, 2012
In this essay, the author offers her experiences teaching a methods course at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL), "U.S. History for the Secondary Classroom" (History 4013), in order to foster discussion of how history educators might find ways to close the gap between history content and pedagogy. The author focuses…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History, Methods Courses, History Instruction
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Keirn, Tim; Luhr, Eileen; Escobar, Miguel; Choudhary, Manoj – History Teacher, 2012
Given California's role in the Pacific economy, its historic Asian heritage, and the strong and growing presence of Asian communities and businesses in the state, it is imperative that students statewide understand the history of Asia. Unfortunately, the California state curricular framework and standards in history and social science limit the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers
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Mitchell, Melissa Buelow – History Teacher, 2011
The Integrative Model of instruction engages students in critical thinking while providing history teachers with an instructional strategy other than a traditional lecture format. The Integrative Model was used to develop an interactive lesson titled "The Formation of American Political Parties: Federalist versus Anti-federalist." This article…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Politics, Teaching Models, Secondary School Teachers
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Shortell, Catherine K.; Paddock, Troy R. E. – History Teacher, 2011
With all of the time constraints and institutional pressures that teachers face, it may seem odd to suggest using an anomalous event such as the Christmas Truce to study the first World War. However, the uniqueness of this event helps grab the attention of students and, as the authors demonstrate, can be used both to illustrate the common…
Descriptors: History Instruction, War, World History, Peace
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Marino, Michael P. – History Teacher, 2011
Research about social studies textbooks overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that these books are unpopular and often the subject of intense criticisms. These criticisms concern anything ranging from the language they employ, to the way they are utilized by teachers, to the undue influence they exert on shaping and defining curriculum. This…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, World History, Textbooks, Educational Change
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Jones, Kathryn; Daisey, Peggy – History Teacher, 2011
This article presents a story about eighty-six ninth-grade World History and Geography students who authored a "how-to" book, while pretending that they were experts who lived in the past and had to explain how to do something relating to that time period. These students attended a large high school in the Midwest; the school's…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Geography Instruction, World History, Content Area Writing
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Henry, Michael – History Teacher, 2011
Tony Waters, a sociologist at California State University, Chico, has raised an interesting issue about the intellectual conflict some of his students experienced when they arrived on campus and enrolled in American history classes. He reported students were perplexed to find there were two kinds of American history--the version they learned in…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Textbooks, Slavery
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Neumann, David J. – History Teacher, 2010
Recent education research strongly endorses the notion that knowledge is discipline-based, dependent upon the ground rules and procedures of a particular field of study. Since reading primary sources is central to the discipline of history, many teacher preparation programs in history-social science devote substantial instructional time to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, History, Primary Sources
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Franco, Eric V. – History Teacher, 2010
"Thinking Like a Historian" (TLH) is a tool for framing the past to teach students the elements of historical thinking while, at the same time, grounding students' knowledge of the past through inquiry and evidentiary support. The framework's design allows for a separation of the ways historians study the past from the ways historians organize…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Historians, Inferences
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Conner, Jerusha O. – History Teacher, 2010
Although most teachers believe that "students should write at least one in-depth paper during high school," the independent research paper is disappearing from high school curricula in the face of two competing pressures: the need to prepare for high-stakes tests and student "senioritis." In many high schools, the senior year has become "a…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Student Attitudes, Student Research, Research Papers (Students)
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Levin, Kevin M. – History Teacher, 2010
When it aired in 1989, Ken Burns's epic documentary about America's Civil War garnered the largest audience in PBS history. Viewers who had little interest or knowledge of the Civil War were attracted to the powerful images and sounds as well as the narration by David McCullough and commentary by Shelby Foote--the combination of which served to…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, War, Audiences
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Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2009
Lesson planning is a critical task in the education of pre-service teachers, but the author has often questioned the extent to which traditional lesson plan formats truly contribute to the teaching and learning of history. Since current research in history education calls for an emphasis on building "historical thinking" skills and content…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Thinking Skills, History Instruction, History
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O'Brien, Joe; Hood, Jack – History Teacher, 2009
As noted by Onosko, the nature of the social studies curriculum typically results in superficial and disconnected coverage of the content with few opportunities for in-depth investigation and discussion of that content. Engaging students in a comparative study of U.S. Presidents and actions they took "to provide for the common defence"…
Descriptors: United States History, Presidents, Comparative Analysis, Holistic Approach
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