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Pearcy, Mark – History Teacher, 2014
Today, a third of American children regularly use computer tablets, while over 40% use smartphones and 53% regularly use laptops in their home. While this is encouraging there is still considerable debate about the shape and direction technology should take in school, particularly online education making it necessary for educators to change in…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Johansen, Mary Carroll – History Teacher, 2014
This author is an avid consumer of history and has a desire to open students to the endless supply of the riveting stories of men and women struggling to cope with a changing world. The fascination toward the people of the past is enthralling history, and students need to feel that same sense of wonder and love of history. To accomplish this goal,…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, College Faculty, College Students
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Lane, Lisa M. – History Teacher, 2014
History Professors and instructors have a lot to do. They are supposed to "cover content," introducing students to the main events in history. They also need to teach skills, such as historical thinking, source evaluation, argument construction, and research techniques. Particular "student learning outcomes" or assessments are…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Primary Sources
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Straus, Emily E.; Eckenrode, Dawn M. – History Teacher, 2014
Service-learning as a pedagogical approach has become a popular trend in undergraduate teaching. according to Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, service-learning is a "course-based, credit-bearing educational experience that allows students to (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b)…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Service Learning, College Students
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Parham, Claire Puccia – History Teacher, 2014
For The past two years, Siena College and Loyola International College for Diversity and Sustainability (LCDS), formerly Loyola International College, have jointly taught a comparative Canadian/ U.S. history class. Concordia University, an English language university, has more than 46,000 students and offers 433 undergraduate and graduate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, College Instruction, Higher Education
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Swanson, Ryan A. – History Teacher, 2014
This study emphasizes an often overlooked avenue of inquiry in the increasingly escalating textbook debate: What is the relationship between the instructor, the students, and the assigned text? And correspondingly, how does one go about analyzing this crucial relationship? Over the past two years, Ryan Swanson gathered data from 549 students in…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Faculty, College Students, Higher Education
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Gaughan, Judy E. – History Teacher, 2014
The flipped Classroom is one in which lectures are presented as homework outside of class in online videos so that class time is reserved for engaging directly with the materials. This technique offers more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. In this article, Judy Gaughan details her journey through choosing…
Descriptors: World History, History Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction
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Luckhardt, Courtney – History Teacher, 2014
For most students in the introductory World Civilization I course that Courtney Luckhardt teaches online, this is likely their first (and perhaps only) university history course. Persuading students that history is valuable, even just for the skills they need in critical reading and writing, is a difficult task. It is harder still when they view…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Higher Education, College Students, College Faculty
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Murphree, Daniel S. – History Teacher, 2014
Taking introductory history courses and writing analytical essays are not the favorite activities of most first-year university students. Undergraduates, seemingly, would rather enroll in classes that pertain only to their majors or job-preparation regimen. If forced to take General Education Program (GEP) courses, students typically favor those…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Introductory Courses, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students
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Dean, David – History Teacher, 2013
Most people are familiar with television quiz shows that use such technologies as Audience Response Systems (ARS) and keypads known as "clickers." A similar technology has been available for teachers. Inserting questions into a PowerPoint presentation or running free-standing software, the class is asked to consider a question and select…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, History Instruction, Modern History, Technology Uses in Education
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Eichhorn, Niels – History Teacher, 2013
Teaching survey courses at the university level can be a difficult task. The vast majority of students have to take survey classes as part of their curriculum and, as a result, bring a fair amount of resentment and/or ambivalence with them. Furthermore, many students already arrive on campus with negative opinions about history classes. This…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Introductory Courses, College Instruction, Class Activities
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Thaler, Valerie S. – History Teacher, 2013
In this article, the author offers a summary of the major research assignment she has developed for HIST 100, as well as the successes and struggles she has had along the way. The project requires students to experience research as a difficult process that demands their patience, perseverance, and assiduousness. Group work in class clearly plays…
Descriptors: Generational Differences, Age Groups, Influence of Technology, Introductory Courses
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Morin, Erica A. – History Teacher, 2013
As a graduate instructor for HIST 152: United States Since 1877, the author structures the entire course around the motif of the newspaper. She models her curriculum after the newspaper both visually and symbolically and uses it as a theme throughout the class. The newspaper is not a gimmick or cliche, but rather a recurring stylistic theme, an…
Descriptors: United States History, Course Descriptions, Class Activities, Learning Activities
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Volk, Steven S. – History Teacher, 2013
For the author, teaching history has become a double challenge: to help students understand both "History" (the narrative crafted by the historian, based on documentation, supported by previous scholarship, and bound together through logical argument) and "history" (the real events that occupied real lives that are largely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Student Journals, Historians
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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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