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Frederickson, Mary E. – History Teacher, 2010
In 1915, American Jane Addams, together with 1,300 women from around the world, founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, an organization dedicated to fostering understanding, preventing war, and laying the foundations for a permanent peace. Addams believed that women in the United States needed to recognize the…
Descriptors: Females, History, United States History, Global Approach
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Kaiser, Christopher – History Teacher, 2010
While every field of study presents challenges to the educator, the field of Social Studies and history in particular poses unique obstacles to student success. The issue of scope has been a constant source of anxiety to the history teacher, with new curriculum added with each passing day. Further pressure has been applied to the history teacher…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), History Instruction, Secondary School Students, Learner Engagement
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Maxwell, Alexander – History Teacher, 2010
The in-class essay is not an effective means to assess student ability in a history exam. History teachers should instead ask short-answer questions in order to test what the American Historical Association calls "objective" knowledge: the ability to identify concepts, historical actors, organizations, events, and so forth. Such questions,…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Student Evaluation, Essay Tests, Questioning Techniques
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Peace, Roger – History Teacher, 2010
Critical thinking is defined more by what it is not than what it is. It is not rote memorization of dates, facts, and events. Instead, it involves delving into the meaning of historical developments--interpreting, comparing, theorizing, and evaluating--often with the aid of primary sources and multiple secondary sources. Students learn to ask…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, History Instruction, United States History, Foreign Policy
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Waring, Scott M. – History Teacher, 2010
There are so many aspects to teaching history that are vital to creating well-rounded historical thinkers, but one of the most fundamental and most overlooked elements is the idea of causality. Far too many students do not understand the idea of causation, that there are multiple reasons for why historical events occurred and transpired in the way…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Influences, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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McDaniel, Kathryn N. – History Teacher, 2010
A significant image of classroom lectures is the one presented in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. At Harry's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the most torturous class is easily History of Magic, which is, incidentally, the only class in the school taught by a ghost. Being taught by a ghost could be quite exciting: not so in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fantasy, Lecture Method, Figurative Language
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Cole, Stephanie – History Teacher, 2010
Teaching an introductory survey course in a typical lecture hall presents a series of related obstacles. The large number of students, the size of the room, and the fixed nature of the seating tend to maximize the distance between instructor and students. That distance then grants enrolled students enough anonymity to skip class too frequently and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, United States History, History Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Bennison, Sarah Machiels – History Teacher, 2010
Discussions about school curriculum today are framed by this binary--the intellectual desire to explore various pedagogical approaches and the imperative to teach to the test to achieve quantitative results. For history teachers, the freedom to not teach to the test opens many possibilities: veering away from the textbook to focus on works by many…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Evidence, American Indian History, Catholics
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Shedd, John A. – History Teacher, 2010
Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor of education who is best known for his multiple intelligences theory, published his "Unschooled Mind" in 1991. In his chapter dealing with the social sciences and humanities, he paraphrases the work of Gaea Leinhardt, who described the complex "moves" that good history teachers typically make. Her depiction of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History Instruction, College Instruction, Metacognition
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Burkholder, Peter – History Teacher, 2010
In an attempt to increase college history majors' ability to analyze primary sources, the author set up a unique research project designed to tap into his students' personal interests, and which would utilize a specific method requiring them to grapple with primary source materials in an unfamiliar, though hopefully more profitable fashion. The…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Majors (Students), College Students
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Johnson, David A.; Gilbertson, Nicole F. – History Teacher, 2010
Scholars have long recognized that the Great War produced a remarkable amount of artistic and cultural expression ranging from poetry to painting to novels to architecture. This cultural production, both during and after the war, reflected a deep need to define and understand the tremendous destruction caused by a war that demanded a level of…
Descriptors: War, World History, History Instruction, Visual Aids
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Baron, Christine – History Teacher, 2010
As history teachers attempt to bring student thinking processes in line with that of historians, one of the major recommendations that appears in the end notes of nearly every study on the subject, and every set of state curriculum frameworks, is the injunction to partner with historic sites and museums to help students "learn about…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Historic Sites, Museums
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Levin, Kevin M. – History Teacher, 2010
When it aired in 1989, Ken Burns's epic documentary about America's Civil War garnered the largest audience in PBS history. Viewers who had little interest or knowledge of the Civil War were attracted to the powerful images and sounds as well as the narration by David McCullough and commentary by Shelby Foote--the combination of which served to…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, War, Audiences
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Maloy, Robert W.; Poirier, Michelle; Smith, Hilary K.; Edwards, Sharon A. – History Teacher, 2010
This article explores using a wiki, one of the newest forms of interactive computer-based technology, as a resource for teaching the Massachusetts K-12 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, a set of state-mandated learning standards. Wikis are web pages that can be easily edited by multiple authors. They invite active involvement by…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teachers, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites
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Voeltz, Richard A. – History Teacher, 2010
In 2005, Peter Stearns wrote, "The ongoing debate between partisans of Western civilization surveys and fans of world history continues with no signs of any abatement." No one can deny that the rise of world history has been a phenomenon in American higher education over the past 30 years. Most high school students now take some version…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), World History, Western Civilization, Required Courses
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