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Johansen, Mary Carroll – History Teacher, 2014
This author is an avid consumer of history and has a desire to open students to the endless supply of the riveting stories of men and women struggling to cope with a changing world. The fascination toward the people of the past is enthralling history, and students need to feel that same sense of wonder and love of history. To accomplish this goal,…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, College Faculty, College Students
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Lane, Lisa M. – History Teacher, 2014
History Professors and instructors have a lot to do. They are supposed to "cover content," introducing students to the main events in history. They also need to teach skills, such as historical thinking, source evaluation, argument construction, and research techniques. Particular "student learning outcomes" or assessments are…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Primary Sources
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Straus, Emily E.; Eckenrode, Dawn M. – History Teacher, 2014
Service-learning as a pedagogical approach has become a popular trend in undergraduate teaching. according to Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, service-learning is a "course-based, credit-bearing educational experience that allows students to (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b)…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Service Learning, College Students
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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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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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Baer, Allison L. – History Teacher, 2012
This article aims to present an annotated bibliography of paired books--one fiction and one informational--about multiple topics in history and social studies that, when read together, can help support students' learning through experiencing the topic from multiple perspectives and voices. It begins with a brief rationale for pairing fiction and…
Descriptors: Books, Fiction, Nonfiction, History
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Neumann, David – History Teacher, 2012
In this paper, the author argues that sustained, discipline-specific professional development provides the key to transferring research knowledge base to the classroom, where it can lead to significant improvements in the quality of history instruction. To be successful, such professional development must--like good classroom instruction--begin…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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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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Westhoff, Laura M. – History Teacher, 2012
In this essay, the author offers her experiences teaching a methods course at the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL), "U.S. History for the Secondary Classroom" (History 4013), in order to foster discussion of how history educators might find ways to close the gap between history content and pedagogy. The author focuses…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History, Methods Courses, History Instruction
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Wood, Linda Sargent – History Teacher, 2012
Methods courses provide a rich opportunity to unpack what it means to "learn history by doing history." To help explain what "doing history" means, the author has created history labs to walk teacher candidates through the historical process. Each lab poses a historical problem, requires analysis of primary and secondary…
Descriptors: History, Parks, Education Majors, Methods Courses
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Martin, Daisy – History Teacher, 2012
In an examination of how content knowledge influenced her initial third grade social studies teaching experiences, Suzanne Wilson found that it, among other things, helped her "to hear what students say" and in her students' comments were "often...the seeds of complex and sophisticated historical ideas." She also found content…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Discipline, Teacher Educators
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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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Clyde, Jerremie; Wilkinson, Glenn R. – History Teacher, 2012
The gamic mode is an innovative way of authoring scholarly history that goes beyond the printed text or digital simulations by using digital game technologies to allow the reader to interact with a scholarly argument through meaningful choice and trial and error. The gamic mode makes the way in which the past is constructed as history explicit by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History, Scholarship, Epistemology
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Foray, Jennifer L. – History Teacher, 2011
Since its first appearance in 1947, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has been translated into sixty-five different languages, including Welsh, Esperanto, and Faroese. Millions and perhaps even billions of readers, scattered throughout the globe and now spanning multiple generations, are familiar with the life and work of this young Jewish…
Descriptors: Jews, Audiences, Foreign Countries, Books
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