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Juarez-Dappe, Patricia – History Teacher, 2011
The importance of content-focused professional development for high school teachers has been widely recognized by educators and legislators. Professionals in education at all levels have long argued for more contacts between secondary and post-secondary instructors as one important way to improve subject matter mastery. In response to this call,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops
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Perez, Kim; Kite, Steven – History Teacher, 2011
In fall 2007, the Department of History at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) began offering an undergraduate certificate of emphasis as well as a Master's degree in the field of Public History. Now entering the third year of existence, the program has a small but enthusiastic group of students involved and is continuing to build to the future.…
Descriptors: Local History, Rural Areas, History Instruction, College Programs
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Garran, Daniella K. – History Teacher, 2011
What could two dozen middle school students, two teachers, land surveyors, journalists, divers, college professors, lawyers, archaeologists, an author, and an 85-year old retiree possibly have in common? The answer is their insatiable quest to redefine colonial American history. From geodesy to glaciology, from geology to hydrology, from…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, United States History, Community Programs, Local History
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Kramer, Jacob – History Teacher, 2011
The personal essay--a paper in which a student brings in his or her own experience or concerns--is probably familiar to most historians. Teaching at the City University of New York, the author has found grading personal essays somewhat perplexing. They are sometimes written in response to an assignment that does not call for personal reflection.…
Descriptors: United States History, Essays, History Instruction, Two Year College Students
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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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Reyerson, Kathryn; Mummey, Kevin; Higdon, Jude – History Teacher, 2011
During spring semester 2010, a long-standing upper-division lecture course, Medieval Cities of Europe, 500-1500 CE, underwent a course transformation. The goal was to address specific challenges with student engagement that the authors had experienced in the course in the past; their overarching strategy was to introduce technology into the course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Medieval History, Municipalities, History Instruction
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Henry, Michael – History Teacher, 2011
Tony Waters, a sociologist at California State University, Chico, has raised an interesting issue about the intellectual conflict some of his students experienced when they arrived on campus and enrolled in American history classes. He reported students were perplexed to find there were two kinds of American history--the version they learned in…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Textbooks, Slavery
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Neuhaus, Jessamyn – History Teacher, 2010
An examination of prescriptive classroom films, particularly films made between 1945 and 1961, reveal a great deal about postwar society in general and youth culture in particular. Using these films in an undergraduate history course presents some very real problems, but the author argues that using them also offers instructors at least three…
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Active Learning, Social Change, Teaching Methods
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Bickford, J. H., III – History Teacher, 2010
This paper is based on three beliefs. First, technology can engage and challenge students' thinking. Second, technology can assist students in creating quality work. Finally, computer-generated student-work can be used as educational tools in productive ways that other student-work cannot. This article suggests new ways to use old technologies to…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Internet, Current Events
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Permeswaran, Palani – History Teacher, 2010
"A prosperous and productive agriculture is necessary to national and world peace and prosperity." This statement by Clinton Anderson, Secretary of Agriculture from 1945-1948, encapsulates the idea of chemurgy, the utilization of scientific research to discover new uses for agricultural surplus. In the late 1920s, chemurgists began looking at farm…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Agricultural Occupations, Industry, Agricultural Education
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Neumann, David J. – History Teacher, 2010
Recent education research strongly endorses the notion that knowledge is discipline-based, dependent upon the ground rules and procedures of a particular field of study. Since reading primary sources is central to the discipline of history, many teacher preparation programs in history-social science devote substantial instructional time to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, History, Primary Sources
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Franco, Eric V. – History Teacher, 2010
"Thinking Like a Historian" (TLH) is a tool for framing the past to teach students the elements of historical thinking while, at the same time, grounding students' knowledge of the past through inquiry and evidentiary support. The framework's design allows for a separation of the ways historians study the past from the ways historians organize…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Historians, Inferences
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Conner, Jerusha O. – History Teacher, 2010
Although most teachers believe that "students should write at least one in-depth paper during high school," the independent research paper is disappearing from high school curricula in the face of two competing pressures: the need to prepare for high-stakes tests and student "senioritis." In many high schools, the senior year has become "a…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Student Attitudes, Student Research, Research Papers (Students)
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Hardy, Clara Shaw – History Teacher, 2010
At the end of Spring term 2008, the author gave the students in her "Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World" class their final exam. The format was a take-home essay, in which she asked them to respond to an article by Amy Richlin. The article lays out a range of ways to approach the topic of "women in antiquity"--different epistemologies,…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Resistance (Psychology), History Instruction, History
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Allocco, Katherine – History Teacher, 2010
One of the most versatile and multi-faceted films that an educator can use to illustrate urban America in the 1930s is "Great Guy," a relatively obscure film from 1936 directed by John G. Blystone and starring James Cagney and Mae Clarke. There are some simple practical considerations that make the film such a good fit for an American history or…
Descriptors: United States History, American Studies, Conflict, Films
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