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Bender, Thomas – History Teacher, 2009
In this essay, the author comments on the life and the contributions of author Gary Nash. Everyone is thanking him for his remarkable engagement with the schools, as a writer of outstanding textbooks and materials for teachers developed through his work as director of the Center for Teaching History in the Schools, and, of course, the National…
Descriptors: Historians, College Faculty, Role, History Instruction
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Morris, Richard J. – History Teacher, 2009
Since approximately 1970, many historians have been seeking a unifying theme for the American History Survey. Early in the twentieth century, Progressive historians identified class conflict as the main theme in American History, but during the 1950s and 1960s, this view was challenged by the Consensus Schools' assertion that Americans have always…
Descriptors: United States History, Social History, Multicultural Education, Political Attitudes
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Suchan, Laura – History Teacher, 2008
As executive director of a small community museum, the author is always seeking new and innovative ways to link the museum and its collection with the local community. The museum is located in Southern Ontario, on the shore of Lake Ontario, and comprises three restored homes dating from the period 1835-1849. Located in close proximity to the…
Descriptors: Death, Intellectual Disciplines, Primary Sources, Museums
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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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Wang, Shuo – History Teacher, 2006
The most remarkable change in historical studies in China during the last two decades has been the rise of new social history. It challenges the traditional historiography in three ways: in the objects studied, in the sources used, and in methodology. Consequently the rise of new social history has profoundly impacted women's history in China. For…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Methods, Historiography, Historians
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Tsao, Ting Man – History Teacher, 2005
In 1999, the City University of New York (CUNY) abolished remedial programs in its four-year colleges and began to rely on standardized test scores as criteria both for exiting remediation and for admission to bachelor's programs. By doing that, the university has in effect eradicated its three-decade-old "open admissions" policy, argue…
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Standardized Tests, Social History, Open Enrollment
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Waters, Tony – History Teacher, 2005
Students in this author's undergraduate Sociology and Social Science classes often tell him that the "history" they learned in high schools was different than the "history" they learned in university classes. They often claim that what they learned in K-12 was "wrong" and that they did not learn the "real"…
Descriptors: United States History, College Curriculum, Social Sciences, Patriotism
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Chu, Jonathan M. – History Teacher, 2004
Advanced Placement brings into sharp focus the dilemma faced by middle, secondary and university teachers of American history. The search for an introductory synthesis stumbles more frequently these days because texts and curriculum frameworks all too often depend upon what Mary Fredrickson refers to as the tyranny of chronology. With extremely…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Advanced Placement, United States History, History Instruction
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Tagg, James – History Teacher, 2004
Good manners and false protests of ignorance about American history cloak underlying anti-American sentiments among students. Behind the facade, a jumbled set of emotions inform their discomforted imaginations. They are offended by the patronizing and condescending attitudes of Americans when the latter comment on, or intrude into, the outer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social History, Group Dynamics, United States History
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Dzuris, Linda – History Teacher, 2003
The folk songs and ballads of early America describe life as experienced by the common people. They were sung within the family, by neighbors and at gatherings of larger communities. The stories told were carried in the memories of those who heard them. Once a strictly aural and oral tradition, the words came to be written down, and the surviving…
Descriptors: United States History, Singing, Oral Tradition, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gilbert, Erik – History Teacher, 2002
In this article, the author looks closely at the recent history of the East African coast and the Swahili people who live there. In doing so he hopes to highlight the inadequacy of the area studies/continentalist approach to studying and teaching the Swahili and to propose a different way of considering their past. His contention is that one can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historical Interpretation, History Instruction, African Culture
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Weis, Tracey – History Teacher, 2001
In this article, the author describes the graduate research seminar she taught on "History and Media." Her objective for the course was to engage graduate students in an inquiry-based investigation: What roles are the new media technologies playing in the changing nature of historical practice? In preparation for the weekly class session, seminar…
Descriptors: United States History, Social History, Graduate Study, Seminars
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Pino, Julio Cesar – History Teacher, 2001
Latin America, the most advanced of the underdeveloped regions of the world, is a perfect showcase for exploring the contradictions that come into play when the historical construction of gender clashes with economic practice. The history of modern Latin America shows that economic development can actually work to the detriment of women. The most…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Modern History, Latin American History, Social Class
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Mehta, Parendi – History Teacher, 2000
Provides historical information on the science of eugenics beginning in ancient Greece. Discusses the use of "racial hygiene" by the Nazis' Third Reich and its effect on eugenics. Addresses the pros and cons of eugenics and genetic engineering. Includes an annotated bibliography. (CMK)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Essays, Genetic Engineering, History
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Allen, Nathaniel – History Teacher, 2000
Presents the story of the role railroad technology had in the adoption of Standard Time Zones in 1883 and also considers the influence of astronomers at the time. Includes the map of the standard railway time used by W. F. Allen and an annotated bibliography with primary and secondary sources. (CMK)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Astronomy, Essays, Primary Sources
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