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Dotolo, Frederick; Nicolay, Theresa – History Teacher, 2008
To address the disparity in the skills of entering students and the goals of the first-year learning community (LC) program, the authors created a series of scaffolded, or tiered, writing assignments around the concept of kingship to move students from summary to analysis to synthesis. For each assignment, the authors incorporate informal…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Inquiry, Active Learning, Critical Thinking
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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2008
As universities become more invested in assessment and outcomes, department chairs and deans increasingly are asked to figure out why some departments score well on tests, and others dismally low. In this article, the author sets out some guidelines and processes for examining test score data, in order to save time for faculty members and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Scores, Department Heads
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Permeswaran, Yashila – History Teacher, 2008
Though people now take the idea of women in the military for granted, in the 1940s it was a vigorously debated suggestion. Men protected their country; women stayed at home. Because of the conflict over whether women should serve in the army, Congress compromised by creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). This article describes the…
Descriptors: War, World History, Females, Armed Forces
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Talamante, Laura Emerson – History Teacher, 2008
Preparing to teach a course outside one's field of specialty or even continental comfort zone provides a unique if somewhat daunting opportunity. With Western Civilization classes as the author's teaching experience for entry-level college courses, she approached teaching "The United States Since Reconstruction" with some trepidation. However,…
Descriptors: United States History, World History, Global Approach, History Instruction
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Alvarez, Patricia – History Teacher, 2008
Biography has a proven track record of exciting interest in historical events. Barbara Tuchman used it extensively in her best-selling histories, considering it a "vehicle to carry the larger subject," something that "encompasses the universal in a particular... representative." Others favor biography because it "humanizes history," "personalizes…
Descriptors: Biographies, Role Playing, Class Activities, Student Attitudes
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Immerwahr, Daniel – History Teacher, 2008
While it is true that every history is composed of facts, there is something more to history, something that makes it more than just the sum of its factual claims. That something is called narrative. A narrative is not simply a story (although it may be that). Rather, it is a structure for organizing factual claims. As many historians have noted,…
Descriptors: Memorization, Comprehension, History Instruction, United States History
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Guerra, Lillian – History Teacher, 2008
As a graduate of Dartmouth College who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the author launched her academic career with a total debt load of over $105,000. As soon as she started working as a full-time faculty member six years ago, she began to make payments of between $600 and $1,000 a month to creditors, depending on what her…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), College Faculty, Student Costs, Graduate Study
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Wrobel, David – History Teacher, 2008
There is a long history in the United States of collaboration between the academy and K-12 educators. Indeed, history, as an academic discipline in America, began in an atmosphere of professorial concern about history's place in the schools. In this article, the author provides a brief and general overview of the history of collaborative efforts…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, History Instruction, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Schuster, Leslie A. – History Teacher, 2008
For the past twelve years, the author has been teaching a lower division introductory historical methods course that uses active learning to introduce students to the issues and practices of historical methods, the "how to" of historical inquiry, research and writing. In her methods course, she is working to take into account the perspectives and…
Descriptors: Working Class, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Historiography
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Fink, Leon – History Teacher, 2008
"Corporatization," etymologically, likens developments in higher education to those of the business world. Like shooting fish in a barrel, however, merely identifying the multiplying examples of for-profit extrusions, managerial models, let alone ideological legitimations of capitalist logic on university campuses hardly constitutes an honest…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Administration, Educational Change, Liberal Arts
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Jones, Juli A. – History Teacher, 2008
The American emphasis on utility and practicality in education was expanded over the course of the twentieth century, particularly in the development of community colleges with their dual mission of liberal arts education and vocational training. Because of their mission and their dependence on local funding and community requirements, two-year…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Introductory Courses, Citizenship, Community Colleges
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Lerner, Gerda – History Teacher, 2008
The process of changing U.S. higher education institutions along a corporate model has been going on for several decades. It consists of changes, some open, some obscured, on various fronts: the erosion of tenure by attrition; the simultaneous increase in the use of contingent faculty; the rise in tuition; the dramatic decrease in federal and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Corporations, Models, Governance
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Greenberg, Daniel J. – History Teacher, 2008
For educators, the anti-globalization movement has created a literature of opposition which offers enhanced opportunities for teaching critical analysis of neo-liberal political economy. The movement also aids those who wish to teach how First World wealth and privilege is functionally related to Third World poverty and underdevelopment. The…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Community Development, Travel, Citizenship
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Dennehy, Kristine – History Teacher, 2008
According to the California Department of Education's Curriculum Framework, the secondary curriculum for grades nine through twelve is geared toward students who are beginning "to develop [an] abstract understanding of historical causality--the often complex patterns of relationships between historical events, their multiple antecedents, and…
Descriptors: World History, Social Systems, Policy Analysis, Course Content
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Young, Patrick – History Teacher, 2008
Arguably the two main attractions for visitors to the 1889 "Exposition Universelle" (Universal Exposition), the Eiffel Tower and the live dancers from the Dutch colony of Java make for a provocative juxtaposition. Constructed expressly for the 1889 Exhibition, Gustave Eiffel's 106-story iron lattice tower became not only the world's…
Descriptors: History Instruction, European History, Cultural Activities, Exhibits
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