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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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Karn, Alexander – History Teacher, 2012
Most teachers hope to make a difference in the lives of their students, but whether they accomplish this with any regularity is often left unclear. With a topic like the Holocaust, the stakes are greatly raised. In this essay, the author discusses the place of the Holocaust in the liberal arts. He argues that the content of Holocaust education…
Descriptors: Jews, Historians, Liberal Arts, Epistemology
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Metzger, Scott Alan – History Teacher, 2010
The Middle Ages are an immensely important era in the Western experience. Unfortunately, medieval studies are often marginalized or trivialized in school curriculum. With the approach of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the famous charter of rights from medieval England, one has a timely and useful example for considering what a focus on…
Descriptors: Medieval History, European History, History Instruction, Time
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Versen, Christopher R. – History Teacher, 2009
The simplest and most widely held definition of Social Darwinism is the application of concepts of biological evolution to social and moral development. More specifically, it is social evolution through "survival of the fittest" in a "struggle for existence" in which the strong prevail and the weak are defeated and disappear.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historiography, Social Theories, Moral Development
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Young, Patrick – History Teacher, 2008
Arguably the two main attractions for visitors to the 1889 "Exposition Universelle" (Universal Exposition), the Eiffel Tower and the live dancers from the Dutch colony of Java make for a provocative juxtaposition. Constructed expressly for the 1889 Exhibition, Gustave Eiffel's 106-story iron lattice tower became not only the world's…
Descriptors: History Instruction, European History, Cultural Activities, Exhibits
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Martin, Kathleen C. – History Teacher, 2007
Many students assume that history has nothing to do with them and therefore is a waste of their time, so finding a way to get involuntary history students truly involved in a topic is always the most challenging aspect of teaching it. As passive listeners they will remember little; as active participants they will remember more and--in at least a…
Descriptors: History Instruction, College Instruction, Introductory Courses, European History
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Shedd, John A. – History Teacher, 2007
One of the most challenging problems faced by teachers of history is how to give voice to the vast majority of people who lived in the past. People's knowledge of history tends to center on the great and important because they are tied to extant written records, almost all of which were produced by and/or about people of high stature in society.…
Descriptors: European History, Social Status, Textbooks, Historians
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Kulczycki, John J. – History Teacher, 2005
Over a decade ago the newsletter of the American Historical Association "Perspectives" carried a long lead article entitled "Teaching 'Eastern Europe' without the Iron Curtain." Referring to the challenge posed by the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe to the teaching of European history, the author, Larry Wolff, saw it as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Historians, Western Civilization
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Harison, Casey – History Teacher, 2005
It is not hard to locate negative or condescending images of the French Revolution in aspects of popular American culture, including film. Despite a handful of instances where nuanced or ambiguous "messages" may be identified, the number of American film interpretations of the French Revolution that might be judged historically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Films, Conflict, European History
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Wasson, Ellis Archer – History Teacher, 2003
Free response question (FRQ) #5 in the 2002 Advanced Placement (AP) European history exam read as follows: "In what ways and to what extent did absolutism affect the power and status of the European nobility in the period 1650 to 1750. Use examples from at least 2 countries." This question, which is aimed at encouraging a comparative…
Descriptors: European History, Advanced Placement, Textbooks, History Instruction
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Blackey, Robert – History Teacher, 2002
The College Board's Advanced Placement European History examination has evolved over the course of its first half-century of existence in virtually all respects: the types and subject matter of questions asked (and not asked); the nature of the history those questions reflect; the number of questions both offered and to be answered, as well as how…
Descriptors: European History, Advanced Placement, Essay Tests, Course Descriptions
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Harison, Casey – History Teacher, 2002
This article considers the "myths" and negative images of the French Revolution which were fashioned in the United States by examining interpretations found in nineteenth and twentieth-century American school texts. The texts are part of the Floyd Family Collection at Indiana State University, representing books used in Indiana schools,…
Descriptors: Historiography, European History, Textbooks, Conflict
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Reid, Donald M. – History Teacher, 2002
During the Fall term, 2001, the author taught a new course intended to develop a diversity of close reading skills among his students. An integral component of the course involved the exploration of memory and history. As the fate of the syllabus would have it, right after the September attacks he taught Sarah Farmer's "Martyred Village:…
Descriptors: European History, Foreign Countries, War, Terrorism
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Meckna, Steven H. – History Teacher, 1999
Describes an Advanced Placement (AP) European history course in a multiethnic, urban school. Provides information on the course and a discussion on teaching strategies, materials, and testing methods. Includes student comments on AP European history versus AP world history. (CMK)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Course Content, Diversity (Student), Equivalency Tests
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Hill, James – History Teacher, 1999
Discusses the debates concerning (1) content and process in social studies and history and (2) testing and standards in California, noting that Advanced Placement (AP) courses demand a high scholarly standard. Focuses on the AP European history course and examination, addressing history as interpretation, teaching analytical essay writing, and AP…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Equivalency Tests, European History, Historical Interpretation
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