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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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Seng, Loh Kah; Wei, Lee Si – History Teacher, 2010
To cultivate imagination and empathy among school students is a basic challenge for history teachers. This paper examines the relative roles of the teacher and student in nurturing imagination and empathy in the Singapore history classroom, specifically, through source-based studies. Both imagination and empathy are ways for students to think…
Descriptors: Imagination, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Empathy
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Hillis, Peter – History Teacher, 2007
Raising attainment has become an over-riding concern for politicians and educational administrators on both sides of the Atlantic. The public perception, often generated by adverse reports in the media, is of declining educational standards. However, it is often difficult to compare standards across time and between countries since assessments do…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Academic Standards, Advanced Courses, Student Attitudes