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Marino, Michael P. – History Teacher, 2011
Research about social studies textbooks overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that these books are unpopular and often the subject of intense criticisms. These criticisms concern anything ranging from the language they employ, to the way they are utilized by teachers, to the undue influence they exert on shaping and defining curriculum. This…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, World History, Textbooks, Educational Change
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Fallace, Thomas D. – History Teacher, 2011
In this historical study, the author argues that the impact of the 1916 Committee on Social Studies report on the disciplinary integrity of the U.S. history curriculum in secondary schools has been greatly exaggerated. Although the history curriculum was refashioned during the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the 1916 report, many of these changes…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Secondary School Curriculum, Educational History
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Voeltz, Richard A. – History Teacher, 2010
In 2005, Peter Stearns wrote, "The ongoing debate between partisans of Western civilization surveys and fans of world history continues with no signs of any abatement." No one can deny that the rise of world history has been a phenomenon in American higher education over the past 30 years. Most high school students now take some version…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), World History, Western Civilization, Required Courses
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Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2009
Lesson planning is a critical task in the education of pre-service teachers, but the author has often questioned the extent to which traditional lesson plan formats truly contribute to the teaching and learning of history. Since current research in history education calls for an emphasis on building "historical thinking" skills and content…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Thinking Skills, History Instruction, History
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Symcox, Linda – History Teacher, 2009
The author has known Gary Nash as a friend since 1969, but she only began to work with him as a colleague in 1989, when he invited her to join the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) as it was just forming. During the seven years she spent as Assistant and then Associate Director of the NCHS, they shared the extraordinary experience…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards, History Instruction
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Sesso, Gloria – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author recalls the time she met Gary Nash at UCLA on July 13, 1992, when they began the work of creating the National Standards in History. Professor Nash was the leader in the development of the United States History Standards. In creating the Standards, they were to focus on Historical Thinking. They needed to organize the…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, Females, Teachers
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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2008
As universities become more invested in assessment and outcomes, department chairs and deans increasingly are asked to figure out why some departments score well on tests, and others dismally low. In this article, the author sets out some guidelines and processes for examining test score data, in order to save time for faculty members and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Scores, Department Heads
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Sipress, Joel M. – History Teacher, 2004
Among the greatest frustrations of a teacher of history is the failure of many students, even bright and motivated students, to provide concrete evidence to support their assertions about the past. The problem of evidence is by its nature developmental, and thus not amenable to simple punitive or explanatory approaches. History, as a discipline,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, United States History, Persuasive Discourse, Discipline
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Frederickson, Mary – History Teacher, 2004
Many historians agree that the United States survey has been in critical need of a new paradigm for some time, a paradigm in which chronology does not dominate and students can learn about multiple viewpoints and competing historical narratives, one in which gender and multiculturalism are expanded beyond male/female, beyond black/white/ brown.…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Textbooks, Social Change, Internet
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Howlett, Charles F. – History Teacher, 2003
American history surveys and monographs have been dominated by discourses on war. The vocabulary itself--the inter-war period, postwar planning, the prewar economy, the revolutionary war generation, the irrepressible conflict--strongly suggests that the United States has been in a virtual state of war throughout its history. Ironically, this…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, United States History, Historiography, War
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Longhurst, James – History Teacher, 2003
A colleague of the author once observed that papers from first-year history students often feature blinding flashes of the obvious: (1) sweeping declarations that war is bad; (2) social inequality is unfair; or (3) that China is a big place. These sorts of papers sometimes begin with mind-boggling generalizations like "Throughout history, all…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, World History, Reading Comprehension, Instructional Design
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Don, Patricia Lopes – History Teacher, 2003
What needs to be done to ensure that instruction reflects world historiography and that educators move beyond old curricula? As a world history educator at the undergraduate and graduate level and a methods instructor for history/social science teacher candidates at a university with a long tradition of teacher training in California, this author…
Descriptors: World History, Historiography, Introductory Courses, Social Sciences
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Osborne, Thomas J. – History Teacher, 2003
Across the spectrum of academic disciplines, history is one of the few to be organized largely on the basis of the nation-state. With a few notable exceptions, only since the 1960s have American historians begun to see the limitations that this nation-bounded approach has imposed on the field. Since then a movement to internationalize the study…
Descriptors: United States History, Introductory Courses, Program Implementation, Research Projects
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Stein, Alex – History Teacher, 2003
The Teaching American History (TAH) program began in 2001 as a bold new idea: that history content could be delivered directly to United States history teachers through ongoing partnerships with providers of history expertise. The program awards three-year federal education grants for up to $1 million to develop and carry out these professional…
Descriptors: United States History, Professional Development, Grants, History Instruction
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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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