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Pearcy, Mark – History Teacher, 2014
Today, a third of American children regularly use computer tablets, while over 40% use smartphones and 53% regularly use laptops in their home. While this is encouraging there is still considerable debate about the shape and direction technology should take in school, particularly online education making it necessary for educators to change in…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Johansen, Mary Carroll – History Teacher, 2014
This author is an avid consumer of history and has a desire to open students to the endless supply of the riveting stories of men and women struggling to cope with a changing world. The fascination toward the people of the past is enthralling history, and students need to feel that same sense of wonder and love of history. To accomplish this goal,…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, College Faculty, College Students
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Lane, Lisa M. – History Teacher, 2014
History Professors and instructors have a lot to do. They are supposed to "cover content," introducing students to the main events in history. They also need to teach skills, such as historical thinking, source evaluation, argument construction, and research techniques. Particular "student learning outcomes" or assessments are…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Primary Sources
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Luckhardt, Courtney – History Teacher, 2014
For most students in the introductory World Civilization I course that Courtney Luckhardt teaches online, this is likely their first (and perhaps only) university history course. Persuading students that history is valuable, even just for the skills they need in critical reading and writing, is a difficult task. It is harder still when they view…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Higher Education, College Students, College Faculty
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Laliberte, David J. – History Teacher, 2013
Far more than just recreation, baseball offers social, cultural, and political insights into history. For teachers, the goals of this article are threefold. First, this narrative is designed to provide the introductory content knowledge needed to develop a colorful lecture, structure a spirited discussion, or create a student project on the topic.…
Descriptors: Race, History Instruction, Team Sports, Course Content
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Eichhorn, Niels – History Teacher, 2013
Teaching survey courses at the university level can be a difficult task. The vast majority of students have to take survey classes as part of their curriculum and, as a result, bring a fair amount of resentment and/or ambivalence with them. Furthermore, many students already arrive on campus with negative opinions about history classes. This…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Introductory Courses, College Instruction, Class Activities
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Jackson-Abernathy, Brenda K. – History Teacher, 2013
History teachers may well feel challenged with the task of bringing women into their American West curriculums due to the great diversity of women in the West during the nineteenth century. At the same time, the past thirty years or so have produced a plethora of monographs, articles, and primary source collections on women in the American West.…
Descriptors: Females, Teaching Methods, United States History, American Indians
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Barksdale, Scott T. – History Teacher, 2013
Teachers can engage students in historical thinking by intentionally structuring close reading tasks. This article provides a practical and theoretical examination of the learning and teaching during a 30-minute social studies class in which students studied colonization by reading a primary source text from the Jamestown Colony. Students used…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Intellectual Disciplines, Differences, Content Area Reading
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Thaler, Valerie S. – History Teacher, 2013
In this article, the author offers a summary of the major research assignment she has developed for HIST 100, as well as the successes and struggles she has had along the way. The project requires students to experience research as a difficult process that demands their patience, perseverance, and assiduousness. Group work in class clearly plays…
Descriptors: Generational Differences, Age Groups, Influence of Technology, Introductory Courses
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Morin, Erica A. – History Teacher, 2013
As a graduate instructor for HIST 152: United States Since 1877, the author structures the entire course around the motif of the newspaper. She models her curriculum after the newspaper both visually and symbolically and uses it as a theme throughout the class. The newspaper is not a gimmick or cliche, but rather a recurring stylistic theme, an…
Descriptors: United States History, Course Descriptions, Class Activities, Learning Activities
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Volk, Steven S. – History Teacher, 2013
For the author, teaching history has become a double challenge: to help students understand both "History" (the narrative crafted by the historian, based on documentation, supported by previous scholarship, and bound together through logical argument) and "history" (the real events that occupied real lives that are largely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Student Journals, Historians
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Andrews, Gordon; Warren, Wilson J.; Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2013
In April 2011, Congress slashed funding for a majority of programs tied to education. Several programs related to professional development for teachers did not survive. While cut severely--from $119 million in Fiscal Year 2010 to $46 million (a loss of $73 million or 61% of its funding)--Teaching American History (TAH) grants lived, albeit by…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, Faculty Development, Grants
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History Teacher, 2013
The author of this essay argues that historians should join their colleagues in the sciences in creating supportive environments for undergraduate research. Despite the apparent hurdles to overcome, historians can devise effective undergraduate research experiences that mimic those occurring in the chemistry, biology, and psychology labs across…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, European History
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Sueyoshi, Amy – History Teacher, 2013
While whiteness studies at most institutions aims to expose the persistence of white supremacy to a disbelieving audience, whiteness studies within the College of Ethnic Studies (COES) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) begins with the assumption that racism still exists. The course then traces how whiteness is constructed and fortified to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Whites, Power Structure, Racial Bias
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Denial, Catherine J. – History Teacher, 2013
Timelines are a regular feature of almost all history education. Teachers and students create them on chalkboards, white boards, and an increasing number of web-based programs that allow multiple users to collaborate on a timeline's shape. Textbooks offer timelines to accompany the material they cover--chapter-by-chapter, students are told which…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Historiography, Undergraduate Students
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