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Padurano, Dominique – History Teacher, 2011
A few days into the new school year, the author's female students invariably beg, plead, and cajole her in the hopes of watching Disney's "Pocahontas" in class. Toddlers when the film was released in 1995, doubtless they have seen it already dozens of times; more importantly, the author cringes at the ethnic and gender stereotypes sometimes…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, United States History, History Instruction, Ethnic Diversity
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Ruswick, Brent J. – History Teacher, 2011
As a new Ph.D. preparing for his first university appointment in June 2006, the author began constructing World History I and II surveys for which his graduate training left him feeling underprepared. Among the myriad challenges, he sought to create a research assignment for general education students that would address a diverse range of…
Descriptors: World History, History Instruction, College Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Kelly, T. Mills – History Teacher, 2011
Everyone who teaches has had moments when students do, say, write, or create something that causes teachers to think about teaching in new ways. Sometimes, it is only with hindsight that they realize just how profound the effect of such moments was. Other times, what happens is so obvious that even if they try they can't ignore the impact it has…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Influence of Technology, Educational Change, Primary Sources
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Nokes, Jeffery D. – History Teacher, 2011
In recent years, there has been a growing body of research investigating how historians read, how children and adolescents read historical materials, and how teachers attempt to help adolescents read like historians. This research suggests that historians, unlike students, are unusually skillful readers employing several heuristics to construct…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Heuristics, Adolescents, Reading Processes
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Marino, Michael P. – History Teacher, 2011
Research about social studies textbooks overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that these books are unpopular and often the subject of intense criticisms. These criticisms concern anything ranging from the language they employ, to the way they are utilized by teachers, to the undue influence they exert on shaping and defining curriculum. This…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, World History, Textbooks, Educational Change
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Lee, Mimi; Coughlin, Mimi – History Teacher, 2011
Enhancing teachers' ability to assess and articulate claims of historical significance will provide a valuable compass that thoughtful teachers use to navigate large amounts of material in meaningful ways. This study explores how and to what extent--if any--teachers develop their ability to apply historical reasoning to determine the significance…
Descriptors: United States History, War, History Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Fallace, Thomas D. – History Teacher, 2011
In this historical study, the author argues that the impact of the 1916 Committee on Social Studies report on the disciplinary integrity of the U.S. history curriculum in secondary schools has been greatly exaggerated. Although the history curriculum was refashioned during the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the 1916 report, many of these changes…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Secondary School Curriculum, Educational History
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Jones, Kathryn; Daisey, Peggy – History Teacher, 2011
This article presents a story about eighty-six ninth-grade World History and Geography students who authored a "how-to" book, while pretending that they were experts who lived in the past and had to explain how to do something relating to that time period. These students attended a large high school in the Midwest; the school's…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Geography Instruction, World History, Content Area Writing
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Stephens, Robert P.; Jones, Kathleen W.; Barrow, Mark V., Jr. – History Teacher, 2011
Through an innovative course design for the capstone senior seminar, history majors at Virginia Tech have become published authors in recent years. Small classes of undergraduates have collaborated to create edited volumes of original historical essays that, at the end of the semester, are copied, bound, and distributed to class members. More…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Schroeder, Gabe – History Teacher, 2011
One modern definition of "corporate diplomacy" states "executives engage in the private sector version of international diplomacy... advancing their objectives through interactions with the leaders of other corporations, governments, analysts, the media and interest groups." The smog in Donora, Pennsylvania, brought the…
Descriptors: Pollution, Corporations, Public Relations, Public Health
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Anderson, Hannah L. – History Teacher, 2011
In 1894, eighteen-year-old Rachel Calof journeyed to North Dakota to homestead with her husband. She wrote that her husband "was convinced that our best chance to make something of ourselves was to avail ourselves of the offer of free land" and that homesteading "seemed a godsend to penniless people who otherwise could not hope to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Federal Legislation, Land Settlement, Ownership
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Eden, Jason – History Teacher, 2011
Having served as a college and university instructor at several institutions, the author has taught numerous history courses that have dealt with race relations in the United States. A class that he currently teaches, titled "Race in America," focuses specifically upon this topic. It is designed for non-history majors who are in their…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Undergraduate Students, Racial Bias, Race
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Ormond, Barbara – History Teacher, 2011
Students of history are expected to be able to interpret visual images as a source of primary evidence for historical inquiry, yet history teachers may not always place sufficient emphasis on pedagogies that consistently and specifically target the skills of visual interpretation. Developing understanding of visual evidence is sometimes left to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Visual Aids, Primary Sources, Inquiry
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Herbst, Matthew T. – History Teacher, 2011
In 2008, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) joined the ranks of institutions offering Global Seminars, short-term study abroad programs designed and led by the institution's own faculty. In this model, an instructor teaches two courses in his or her area of expertise and guides students through a city or other location abroad for five…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, World History, History Instruction, College Programs
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Blaik-Hourani, Rida – History Teacher, 2011
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is developing its Social Studies curriculum and pedagogy for public schools. Practically speaking, teaching Social Studies in the UAE is still based on the traditional way of teaching; route memorization is the means of acquiring knowledge. In order to enhance Social Studies constructivist teaching-learning, there is…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Social Studies, Educational Change, Public Schools
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