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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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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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Kiddy, Elizabeth; Woodward, Kristen T. – History Teacher, 2013
As part of a U.S. Department of Education grant to expand Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Albright College, the authors of this article, one a historian and one an artist, teamed up to teach a course called Revolutions: Art and Revolution in Latin America. In the class, they proposed to combine a studio art printmaking class with Latin…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Visual Arts, Latin American History
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McCall, Jeremiah – History Teacher, 2012
Simulation games can play a critical role in enabling students to navigate the problem spaces of the past while simultaneously critiquing the models designers offer to represent those problem spaces. There is much to be gained through their use. This includes rich opportunities for students to engage the past as independent historians; to consider…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Simulation, Educational Games, Models
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Brugar, Kristy A. – History Teacher, 2012
Students sometimes resist the history lessons their teachers try to impart; challenging the purpose and relevance of the information being shared. However, reading "The Giver" can help to bridge the gap between students accepting and rejecting the lessons of history while learning to value the skills such as citizenship and awareness associated…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Figurative Language, Historians, History Instruction
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van Hover, Stephanie; Hicks, David; Cotton, Stephen – History Teacher, 2012
While the field of history education elucidates a clear and ambitious vision of high-quality history instruction, a current challenge for history educators (including teacher educators, curriculum specialists, and school-based history and social science supervisors) becomes how to illuminate and capture this when observing classrooms to research…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Observation, Feedback (Response), Teacher Educators
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Fantozzi, Victoria B. – History Teacher, 2012
One of the aspects of the combination of educator and historian that has not been thoroughly researched is the actual interaction of the instructors themselves. How do they approach this blend of content and pedagogy? How do they construct the purposes of the course? This study addresses these questions. Rather than focus on the student outcomes,…
Descriptors: Historiography, Schools of Education, Education Courses, Educational Change
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Daniel, Dominique – History Teacher, 2012
In this article, the author examines some issues linked to the impact of new technologies on teaching. In a 2003 survey, respondents stressed that the priority was to understand "how new media are changing student learning." There are by now numerous studies that attempt to assess how students conduct research and learn in the digital age, but…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Technological Advancement, Influence of Technology, Computer Literacy
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Weber, William – History Teacher, 2012
"The History Teacher" originated in a movement to reform history education that grew up among historians in both schools and universities in the 1960s. The call went out to raise the intellectual level of history teaching by having students analyze primary sources in open-ended discussions and thereby, "become their own historians." Teaching with…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Historians, History Instruction, Primary Sources
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Symcox, Linda – History Teacher, 2012
In this article, the author discusses the collaboration between university professors and classroom teachers to improve history teaching over the past twenty-five years, and explores the nature of these partnerships from the perspectives of the university participants. She highlights the salient themes that emerged from the interviews. In a…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Followup Studies, Historians, History Instruction
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Keirn, Tim; Luhr, Eileen – History Teacher, 2012
The American Historical Association (AHA) and the National Council for History Education (NCHE) have recently advocated for raising the visibility of historians--and the significance of history coursework and subject matter preparation--in pre-service history teacher education. In 2006, NCHE adopted a position statement on history teacher…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Teacher Qualifications, Social Sciences, Undergraduate Study
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Bain, Robert B. – History Teacher, 2012
Since 2005, the author and Elizabeth Moje have been engaged in a project to create a more coherent and cohesive program to prepare secondary teachers at the University of Michigan, a project they call the Clinical Rounds Project. Central to this effort has been their use of "disciplinary literacy" to build connections and enhance…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Social Sciences, Preservice Teachers, Literacy
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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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