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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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Kaiser, Christopher – History Teacher, 2010
While every field of study presents challenges to the educator, the field of Social Studies and history in particular poses unique obstacles to student success. The issue of scope has been a constant source of anxiety to the history teacher, with new curriculum added with each passing day. Further pressure has been applied to the history teacher…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), History Instruction, Secondary School Students, Learner Engagement
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Day, James S.; Truss, Ruth S. – History Teacher, 2007
Students from the University of Montevallo, Alabama's public liberal arts university, re-created the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862) approximately twenty miles north of Corinth, Mississippi. For ten weeks in a classroom environment, nineteen students studied strategy, operations, and tactics that affected events nearly 143 years prior. Then,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, College Students, Course Content
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Hillis, Peter – History Teacher, 2005
Recent changes in the history syllabi stress the importance of developing an investigative/enquiry method of learning involving the framing of questions, subsequent research, and the presentation of findings. Scotland has made several attempts to assess not only the end result (the paper) but also the process itself and now uses an extended essay…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, History Instruction