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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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Kane, Robert G. – History Teacher, 2010
Once adapted to the context of the classroom, the tenets of successful counterinsurgency offer teachers a potent intellectual framework for conceptualizing teachers' efforts to build effective active learning communities together with their students. In this article, the author describes a counterinsurgency analogy that shares essential features…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, History Instruction
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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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Sheets, Kevin B. – History Teacher, 2010
In teacher's idealized history classroom, students are abuzz with questions. They are eager to jump into a serious analysis of primary sources. They relish additional opportunities to engage historiographical debates. They are, as teachers like to say, "thinking historically." While there are few easy ways to create these idealized…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education
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Swansinger, Jacqueline – History Teacher, 2009
In the era of globalization, American education remains committed to the idea that all citizens can and should be educated, though this goal may be more comforting than practical. But today's task lies in reaching for the quality standards that made American education the envy and model of the world. This challenge faces every discipline…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, World History, Popular Education, Teaching Models
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Roff, Sandra – History Teacher, 2007
Treasures await students and researchers on the shelves of libraries and archives across the country, but unfortunately they often remain unknown to the "modern" researcher who limits his/her research to using the Internet. The process of physically going to the library stacks and browsing the shelves in a subject area is on the decline…
Descriptors: Library Research, Research Methodology, Special Libraries, Research Skills
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Maestri, Melissa Amy – History Teacher, 2006
The research for this study was undertaken to analyze the New York State 11th grade United States History Regents exams through conducting a content analysis of the types of multiple-choice questions asked in Part I of the tests with a particular emphasis on the variety of questions asked regarding women and race. Because these tests stand at the…
Descriptors: Grade 11, United States History, Multicultural Education, Content Analysis
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Carpenter, James J.; Dublin, Thomas; Harper, Penelope – History Teacher, 2005
The Center for the Teaching of American History at Binghamton University has launched several programs that are designed to improve the quality of teaching history in the local schools. Central to this improvement has been the success of the summer workshops for teachers and librarians. Among the desired byproducts of this success have been…
Descriptors: Workshops, United States History, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Opportunities
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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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Howlett, Charles – History Teacher, 2004
A school-year research experiment using primary resources to teach an important national issue--protest movements against the Vietnam War at the local level--is an excellent way to motivate students and energize classroom teaching. Every local community in America has its own story to tell about the war in Vietnam. Whether it is about a local son…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Papers (Students), Student Research, War
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Brown, David – History Teacher, 2003
The distinguished Columbia University historian Richard Hofstadter possessed a scholarly imagination unusually open to fresh approaches to illuminating the past. In the seven years that separated the publications of "American Political Tradition" (1948) and "The Age of Reform" (1955), Hofstadter absorbed new intellectual…
Descriptors: United States History, Historians, Historiography, Social Sciences
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Dublin, Thomas; Sklar, Kathryn Kish – History Teacher, 2002
Worldwide web technology is a perfect match for teaching about history. The technology boosts teachers capacities because it gives its students access to the documents that reveal the processes of historical change, and it helps students develop better analytic skills by learning to interpret documents. This amazing conjuncture of new technology…
Descriptors: United States History, Females, Womens Studies, Technology Uses in Education