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Fallace, Thomas D. – History Teacher, 2011
In this historical study, the author argues that the impact of the 1916 Committee on Social Studies report on the disciplinary integrity of the U.S. history curriculum in secondary schools has been greatly exaggerated. Although the history curriculum was refashioned during the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the 1916 report, many of these changes…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Secondary School Curriculum, Educational History
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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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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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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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Warren, Wilson J.; Memory, David M.; Bolinger, Kevin – History Teacher, 2004
Improving critical thinking--defined by one expert as "reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do"--has been a frequent topic in the writing of history educators at least since the early 1970s. Attitudes and interests do support higher-level thinking and, most importantly, knowledge used in carrying it out…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Learning Activities, United States History
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Thomas, Samuel J. – History Teacher, 2004
In United States history, the GAPE or Gilded Age and Progressive Era, roughly the last third of the nineteenth and first two decades of the twentieth centuries, constitutes one of the most formative and complex of periods, a time that historians designate as the birth of the United States. Many high school students and undergraduates find this…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Historians, Cartoons, Teaching Guides