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Shaffer, Robert – History Teacher, 2011
The chapters on the 1960s and early 1970s in recent editions of secondary-level United States history textbooks have done an impressive job in getting beyond the traditional political narratives of presidential administrations to include the movements of protest and reform based on citizen activism. But despite their laudable efforts to broaden…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Textbooks, United States 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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de Oliveira, Luciana C. – History Teacher, 2010
The ability to read is well-recognized as essential to being successful in school history. To be able to read history textbooks effectively, students can be made aware of some features typical of history discourse. Knowledge of how nominal groups are functional in history discourse can help students and teachers engage with the meanings presented…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Textbooks
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Blaszak, Barbara J. – History Teacher, 2010
The author is always looking for material to use in her campaign to end the educational "back-atcha" cycle. It is a multi-generational process, wherein unsophisticated fact-centered high school instruction turns out students resilient against understanding historical discipline despite their college courses; these students then go on to…
Descriptors: Historiography, Critical Thinking, History Instruction, College Instruction