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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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Nix, Elizabeth M. – History Teacher, 2010
Many history professors have been reluctant to authorize students to use Wikipedia in their classwork because they do not fully trust the open source encyclopedia. But as increasing numbers of scholars and teachers work with Wikipedia, its influence becomes undeniable. In this article, the author describes how Wikipedia works and how she made…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, History Instruction
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Mosser, Kurt – History Teacher, 2010
In this article, the author shares his experience in teaching a course called "American Political Theory" at Nanjing University in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. The course the author designed was intended to explore the philosophical background of what drove the North American colonists to declare their independence; what ideas…
Descriptors: Course Content, Foreign Countries, Civil Rights, College Faculty
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Schuster, Leslie A. – History Teacher, 2008
For the past twelve years, the author has been teaching a lower division introductory historical methods course that uses active learning to introduce students to the issues and practices of historical methods, the "how to" of historical inquiry, research and writing. In her methods course, she is working to take into account the perspectives and…
Descriptors: Working Class, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Historiography
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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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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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Day, James S.; Truss, Ruth S. – History Teacher, 2007
Students from the University of Montevallo, Alabama's public liberal arts university, re-created the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862) approximately twenty miles north of Corinth, Mississippi. For ten weeks in a classroom environment, nineteen students studied strategy, operations, and tactics that affected events nearly 143 years prior. Then,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, College Students, Course Content
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Shaffer, Kirwin R. – History Teacher, 2004
The history teacher frequently struggles to find classroom sources that are not only insightful, but also challenge students to be interpretative and imaginative about the past. As an instructional tool, popular culture can do all of these while reflecting the cultural impulses emanating from a particular country or region. To this end, the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, College Instruction, Popular Culture, World History
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Gibb, Dwight – History Teacher, 2002
If history teachers' aim is to teach students how to think, why not ask: What forms of thought do historians use, and what specific techniques will inculcate these forms? In this article, the author proposes a fundamental shift, from courses with a focus on the mastery of data to courses with a priority on learning the historian's craft. The…
Descriptors: World History, Death, Social Change, Grade 10
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O'Connor, John E. – History Teacher, 2001
Focuses on how to utilize films and television documents and incorporate analysis of these materials within the history classroom. Describes an approach that is applied to traditional historical documents. Explains that teachers must provide background materials to encourage critical analysis. (CMK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Critical Viewing, Educational Strategies, Films
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Ringrose, Daniel M. – History Teacher, 2001
Discusses the use of multimedia technology in history by providing case studies of projects within an urban history course and a course called "Men, Women, and War: Popular Memory and Public Understanding." Provides information on the teachers' expectations and addresses whether the project could be utilized at other universities. Includes a…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Educational Strategies
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Rosenzweig, Roy – History Teacher, 2001
Presents an interview with Leon F. Litwack, a professor of U.S. history at the University of California, Berkeley. Covers topics such as what led him to teaching history, his lectures at Berkeley, themes covered in his U.S. history surveys, and his perception of good teaching. (CMK)
Descriptors: Careers, College Faculty, Course Content, Higher Education
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Abbott, William; Nantz, Kathryn – History Teacher, 2001
If a person teaches a history course required of business or other non-history majors he or she may be confronted with student complaints that the subject is boring and of no use to them in the pursuit of their professional objectives. Because they do not know how to deal with history course material and are used to much smaller, denser reading…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), United States History, Social Sciences, Course Content
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Weinstein, Paul B. – History Teacher, 2001
For several years the author has sought ways by which he can employ film in a creative and academically sound manner as a teaching device. In this article, the author describes the History and Film course he developed for his students. The author began by compiling lists of films that he felt supplemented the subject matter covered in his survey…
Descriptors: United States History, Introductory Courses, Student Research, Course Content
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Meo, Susan Leighow – History Teacher, 2000
Discusses the use of student journals when teaching with primary sources. Focuses on an early U.S. history course for sophomore and junior college students. States that the students read a series of primary sources and analyzed them in their journals. Addresses the benefits of using primary sources. (CMK)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Content, Educational Benefits, Higher Education
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