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ERIC Number: EJ933464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
From Living under Attap to Residing in the Sky: Imagination and Empathy in Source-Based History Education in Singapore
Seng, Loh Kah; Wei, Lee Si
History Teacher, v43 n4 p513-533 Aug 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 critically about history and, more generally, to develop a passion for learning. This paper demonstrates how curriculum can help Secondary Two history students reenact the past in their own minds and achieve historical empathy, using a range of sources on housing in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s. (Contains 40 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore