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Amirell, Stefan Eklof – History Teacher, 2009
In spite of a strong and long-standing commitment among historians to the Humboldt ideal of an intimate connection between research and teaching in higher education, questions about the role of history and how it is used in society rarely seem to receive much attention in history classes. Against this background, the present article first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historians, History Instruction, Role
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Branting, Steven D. – History Teacher, 2009
A historical fact is like a fata morgana, "always less than what really happened." Even consensus does not establish truth; otherwise history is merely the version of the past that people agree to accept. The students who participated in the acclaimed 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study innocently found themselves clashing with…
Descriptors: Local History, City Government, United States History, Perspective Taking
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Smith, Lawrence A.; Foley, Margaret – History Teacher, 2009
Harkness teaching is the pedagogy of all history classes and, indeed, of all classes in all disciplines at Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA). It can be somewhat difficult to arrive at an exact definition of "Harkness teaching." Loosely speaking, Harkness teaching is leading student-centered discussions in class, finding ways to get students…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Boarding Schools, Student Centered Curriculum, Peer Evaluation
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Oesterreich, Heather A.; Conway, Allison P. – History Teacher, 2009
This article utilizes "Brown v. Board of Education," which is traditionally taught in college and K-12 history courses as the case that both started the discussion about and ended the practice of segregation in schools, to highlight "testimonios of coalition" as a framework for historical analysis. First, the authors…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, Court Litigation, School Desegregation
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Vigilante, David – History Teacher, 2009
Through his long career, Gary Nash has been a pioneer in opening the often-stuffy chambers of academia. He has shown a devotion to K-12 teachers throughout the nation and has ventured into their classrooms to observe, to teach, and, yes, to learn. It is all too rare for a noted historian, famous for his many seminal works, to roll up his sleeves…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Historians, College Faculty, College School Cooperation
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Jason-Fives, Alli – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author gives tribute to Gary Nash, a brilliant scholar, an award-winning professor, a prolific writer, a true humanitarian, and a revered historian. She honors him for his work with public school teachers. He has provided the educational support, encouragement, and motivation behind the importance of teaching history. Here,…
Descriptors: Historians, History Instruction, Educational Cooperation, College Faculty
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Nash, Gary B. – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author looks back at the time Charlotte Crabtree, longtime Professor of Education at UCLA with a special interest in elementary history-social studies curriculum, asked him to join her in applying for a million dollar grant to be awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), chaired by Lynne Cheney. Crabtree had…
Descriptors: History Instruction, College School Cooperation, National Standards, Academic Standards
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Martin, Daisy; Wineburg, Sam – History Teacher, 2008
Teaching a way of thinking requires making thinking visible. Educators need to pull back the curtains from historical cognition to show students not only what historians think, but "how" they think. Given that many students believe that history is a single story to be committed to memory and that texts speak for themselves, teaching historical…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Historians, Content Area Reading, Reading Processes
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Berry, Chad; Schmied, Lori A.; Schrock, Josef Chad – History Teacher, 2008
It is ironic that visuals are so integrated into postmodern American culture, and yet history instructors still seem so uncomfortable with them, evidently preferring written texts over visual ones. Historians who advocate the analysis of images speak clearly, loudly, and uniformly on one point: they urge instructors to move beyond using images…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Psychological Patterns, History Instruction, Retention (Psychology)
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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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Ogden, Nancy; Perkins, Catherine; Donahue, David M. – History Teacher, 2008
Slavery in the pre-Civil War United States is a hard topic to teach, not only because it raises issues of racism and injustice, but also because students assume so much. Often, they think all northerners were abolitionists or "good guys" and southerners were "bad guys" who enslaved African Americans because they viewed them as inferior. England,…
Descriptors: United States History, Textbooks, War, Figurative Language
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Kreydatus, Beth – History Teacher, 2008
In many of the U.S. History courses the author has taught, she has encountered students who refer to the second-wave feminists of the 1960s and 1970s as "bra-burners." Unsurprisingly, these students know very little about the origin of this epithet, and frequently, they know even less about the women's movement generally. Second-wave feminism, and…
Descriptors: Feminism, History, Females, Documentaries
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Voelker, David J. – History Teacher, 2008
Many assume that studying history will mean memorizing a mass of mind-dulling minutiae. Furthermore, they mistake history as relatively clear cut, as suggested by the maxim: "It either happened or it didn't." From their point of view, historians who move beyond simple chronicling seem to be throwing around mere "opinions." Unfortunately, the…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Introductory Courses, Historians, History Instruction
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Rogers, William B.; Martyn, Terese – History Teacher, 2008
The number of books published on the American Civil War has been remarkable. According to the 2002 edition of "The Civil War Desk Reference" by the Library of Congress," at least 50,000 books and pamphlets on the Civil War have been published since the 1860's." Consequently, history instructors have to confront the difficult task of selecting a…
Descriptors: Textbooks, War, Classification, Journal Articles
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Pollard, Elizabeth Ann – History Teacher, 2008
Wikiality, Wikimania, WikiGnomes, Wikitrolls, Wikibots, Wikipediaholism... all these neologisms have been coined in recent years to talk about Wikipedia, the online, open-source encyclopedia. In this article, the author describes a project that aims to craft a pedagogical approach that incorporated student-contribution to Wikipedia in order to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Historiography, Encyclopedias, Web Sites
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