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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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Lindquist, David H. – History Teacher, 2012
Examining history from the perspective of investigators who wrestle with involved scenarios for which no simple answers exist, or from which no obvious conclusions can be drawn, allows students to understand the historiographic process and the complex nature of historical events, while gaining valuable practice in applying analytical and critical…
Descriptors: Jews, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Mitchell, Melissa Buelow – History Teacher, 2011
The Integrative Model of instruction engages students in critical thinking while providing history teachers with an instructional strategy other than a traditional lecture format. The Integrative Model was used to develop an interactive lesson titled "The Formation of American Political Parties: Federalist versus Anti-federalist." This article…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Politics, Teaching Models, Secondary School Teachers
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Alkana, Linda Kelly – History Teacher, 2011
Over nine years earlier, on September 11, 2001, the author was concerned about how young people would come to understand what came to be called "9/11." The particular history class she was teaching then and for the nine years following is a Critical thinking history class that stresses the facts and evidence that historians use, and emphasizes the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Terrorism, United States History, History Instruction
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Padurano, Dominique – History Teacher, 2011
A few days into the new school year, the author's female students invariably beg, plead, and cajole her in the hopes of watching Disney's "Pocahontas" in class. Toddlers when the film was released in 1995, doubtless they have seen it already dozens of times; more importantly, the author cringes at the ethnic and gender stereotypes sometimes…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, United States History, History Instruction, Ethnic Diversity
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Ormond, Barbara – History Teacher, 2011
Students of history are expected to be able to interpret visual images as a source of primary evidence for historical inquiry, yet history teachers may not always place sufficient emphasis on pedagogies that consistently and specifically target the skills of visual interpretation. Developing understanding of visual evidence is sometimes left to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Visual Aids, Primary Sources, Inquiry
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Peace, Roger – History Teacher, 2010
Critical thinking is defined more by what it is not than what it is. It is not rote memorization of dates, facts, and events. Instead, it involves delving into the meaning of historical developments--interpreting, comparing, theorizing, and evaluating--often with the aid of primary sources and multiple secondary sources. Students learn to ask…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, History Instruction, United States History, Foreign Policy
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Cole, Stephanie – History Teacher, 2010
Teaching an introductory survey course in a typical lecture hall presents a series of related obstacles. The large number of students, the size of the room, and the fixed nature of the seating tend to maximize the distance between instructor and students. That distance then grants enrolled students enough anonymity to skip class too frequently and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, United States History, History Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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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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Browning, Judkin – History Teacher, 2009
Each fall semester, on the first day of class of his upper-level American Military History course, the author informs his students that a major part of the class consists of a wargame in which they will participate. In this article, the author describes briefly how the class will be divided into two teams, and that on a specific evening during the…
Descriptors: United States History, Military Science, Active Learning, Games
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Dotolo, Frederick; Nicolay, Theresa – History Teacher, 2008
To address the disparity in the skills of entering students and the goals of the first-year learning community (LC) program, the authors created a series of scaffolded, or tiered, writing assignments around the concept of kingship to move students from summary to analysis to synthesis. For each assignment, the authors incorporate informal…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Inquiry, Active Learning, Critical Thinking
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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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Hayes, Dawn Marie – History Teacher, 2007
The Crusades are among the few medieval events with which most students have familiarity. However, during these days of heightened tensions in the Middle East, for many the Crusades have taken on an urgency as a distant historical phenomenon that speaks powerfully to present religious and political concerns. This helps explain why in 2005, two…
Descriptors: Historiography, Popular Culture, History Instruction, Medieval History
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Hall, Timothy D.; Scott, Renay – History Teacher, 2007
The aim of the Central Michigan University Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Teaching American History (TAH) Project has been to forge a model of professional development that would not merely improve teachers' knowledge of events, people, and dates, but to go beyond this to strengthen the understanding of the nature and practice of historical thinking,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, United States History, Professional Development
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