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Kramer, Jacob – History Teacher, 2011
The personal essay--a paper in which a student brings in his or her own experience or concerns--is probably familiar to most historians. Teaching at the City University of New York, the author has found grading personal essays somewhat perplexing. They are sometimes written in response to an assignment that does not call for personal reflection.…
Descriptors: United States History, Essays, History Instruction, Two Year College Students
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Jones, Juli A. – History Teacher, 2008
The American emphasis on utility and practicality in education was expanded over the course of the twentieth century, particularly in the development of community colleges with their dual mission of liberal arts education and vocational training. Because of their mission and their dependence on local funding and community requirements, two-year…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Introductory Courses, Citizenship, Community Colleges
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Lyons, John F. – History Teacher, 2007
History instructors working in a community college face two major challenges. First, to make history interesting and relevant to the students, many of whom have to take history courses as a requirement. And second, to fulfill one of the missions of a community college which is to forge a connection between the school and the people in the local…
Descriptors: United States History, Oral History, Community Colleges, Historians
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Tsao, Ting Man – History Teacher, 2005
In 1999, the City University of New York (CUNY) abolished remedial programs in its four-year colleges and began to rely on standardized test scores as criteria both for exiting remediation and for admission to bachelor's programs. By doing that, the university has in effect eradicated its three-decade-old "open admissions" policy, argue…
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Standardized Tests, Social History, Open Enrollment
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Lyons, John F. – History Teacher, 2004
The author writes that, while teaching online can be problematic, a history instructor can still create an exciting and interactive learning experience for both teacher and students. To accomplish this, a history instructor needs a large degree of technical knowledge, or at least technical help, good organizational skills, and empathy with the…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Distance Education, Online Courses
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Henry, Michael – History Teacher, 2002
For over thirty years, teaching the United States history survey course has been the focus of the author's professional life. At both the high school and college level, he has introduced students to the sweep of American history from Jamestown to Watergate. During those years, he has grappled with the conundrum of how to make this often-unwieldy…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), United States History, Introductory Courses, Primary Sources