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Garran, Daniella K. – History Teacher, 2011
What could two dozen middle school students, two teachers, land surveyors, journalists, divers, college professors, lawyers, archaeologists, an author, and an 85-year old retiree possibly have in common? The answer is their insatiable quest to redefine colonial American history. From geodesy to glaciology, from geology to hydrology, from…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, United States History, Community Programs, Local 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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Bickford, J. H., III – History Teacher, 2010
This paper is based on three beliefs. First, technology can engage and challenge students' thinking. Second, technology can assist students in creating quality work. Finally, computer-generated student-work can be used as educational tools in productive ways that other student-work cannot. This article suggests new ways to use old technologies to…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Internet, Current Events
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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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Shedd, John A. – History Teacher, 2010
Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor of education who is best known for his multiple intelligences theory, published his "Unschooled Mind" in 1991. In his chapter dealing with the social sciences and humanities, he paraphrases the work of Gaea Leinhardt, who described the complex "moves" that good history teachers typically make. Her depiction of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History Instruction, College Instruction, Metacognition
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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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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
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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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Branting, Steven D. – History Teacher, 2009
A historical fact is like a fata morgana, "always less than what really happened." Even consensus does not establish truth; otherwise history is merely the version of the past that people agree to accept. The students who participated in the acclaimed 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study innocently found themselves clashing with…
Descriptors: Local History, City Government, United States History, Perspective Taking
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Martin, Daisy; Wineburg, Sam – History Teacher, 2008
Teaching a way of thinking requires making thinking visible. Educators need to pull back the curtains from historical cognition to show students not only what historians think, but "how" they think. Given that many students believe that history is a single story to be committed to memory and that texts speak for themselves, teaching historical…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Historians, Content Area Reading, Reading Processes
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Dennehy, Kristine – History Teacher, 2008
According to the California Department of Education's Curriculum Framework, the secondary curriculum for grades nine through twelve is geared toward students who are beginning "to develop [an] abstract understanding of historical causality--the often complex patterns of relationships between historical events, their multiple antecedents, and…
Descriptors: World History, Social Systems, Policy Analysis, Course Content
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Suchan, Laura – History Teacher, 2008
As executive director of a small community museum, the author is always seeking new and innovative ways to link the museum and its collection with the local community. The museum is located in Southern Ontario, on the shore of Lake Ontario, and comprises three restored homes dating from the period 1835-1849. Located in close proximity to the…
Descriptors: Death, Intellectual Disciplines, Primary Sources, Museums
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Ragland, Rachel G. – History Teacher, 2007
Changing teaching practices in secondary history classrooms requires teachers to first change their attitudes and views towards teaching history. This was a key finding that emerged from the analysis of changes that took place in the teachers' classrooms during the course of the Teaching American History grant project that was successful in…
Descriptors: United States History, Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Secondary School Teachers
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