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Denial, Catherine J. – History Teacher, 2013
Timelines are a regular feature of almost all history education. Teachers and students create them on chalkboards, white boards, and an increasing number of web-based programs that allow multiple users to collaborate on a timeline's shape. Textbooks offer timelines to accompany the material they cover--chapter-by-chapter, students are told which…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Historiography, Undergraduate Students
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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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Lovorn, Michael G. – History Teacher, 2012
Despite more than a decade of groundbreaking research on the advantages and need for more historical thinking and historiography in middle and high school history classrooms, many students continue to receive only modest exposure to these teaching concepts and related strategies. Research indicates that middle and high school students who are not…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teachers
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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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Keirn, Tim; Luhr, Eileen; Escobar, Miguel; Choudhary, Manoj – History Teacher, 2012
Given California's role in the Pacific economy, its historic Asian heritage, and the strong and growing presence of Asian communities and businesses in the state, it is imperative that students statewide understand the history of Asia. Unfortunately, the California state curricular framework and standards in history and social science limit the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Social Sciences, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers
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Snyder, Jeffrey W.; Hammond, Thomas C. – History Teacher, 2012
The Geographic Information System (GIS) is a tool for effective teacher-centered instruction, powerful student-centered instruction, and engagement in historiography. GIS tools have existed since the 1960s, but only since the 1990s have educators explored their application to social studies. Proponents expect GIS to have a dramatic impact upon…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Geographic Information Systems
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Frederickson, Mary E. – History Teacher, 2010
In 1915, American Jane Addams, together with 1,300 women from around the world, founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, an organization dedicated to fostering understanding, preventing war, and laying the foundations for a permanent peace. Addams believed that women in the United States needed to recognize the…
Descriptors: Females, History, United States History, Global Approach
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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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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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Fallace, Thomas D. – History Teacher, 2009
Closing the "breach" or "distance" between teachers and historians has become a focus in teacher education and has gained greater prominence in the research on preservice teachers. Overall, most educational researchers now believe that a definition of historical knowledge includes not only a basic understanding of the facts, but also an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Historiography, History Instruction, Education Courses
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DeRose, John J. – History Teacher, 2009
Old textbooks are one resource for teaching about the evolution of historical interpretation. Some libraries contain collections of U.S. history textbooks spanning multiple years and some schools even keep older textbooks used in past years. Recently, the author used a book by Kyle Ward entitled "History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How…
Descriptors: United States History, Textbooks, Historical Interpretation, Differences
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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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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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Briley, Ron – History Teacher, 2008
Historiography is often overlooked as a fascinating subject by most contemporary students, whether in the secondary history classroom or undergraduate course. Some sense of the changing historical interpretation of a topic such as Reconstruction may be provided through contrasting passages from a modern history text with earlier editions of books…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Historiography, Films, Primary Sources
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