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Blas, Elisheva – History Teacher, 2010
The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways was an innovation that changed America. The highway system, the greatest public works project in American history, made travel faster, easier, and safer. However, there were serious negative effects of the highways; they hindered the growth of cities, destroyed…
Descriptors: United States History, Neighborhoods, Travel, Innovation
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de Oliveira, Luciana C. – History Teacher, 2010
The ability to read is well-recognized as essential to being successful in school history. To be able to read history textbooks effectively, students can be made aware of some features typical of history discourse. Knowledge of how nominal groups are functional in history discourse can help students and teachers engage with the meanings presented…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Textbooks
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Osborne, John M.; Bombaro, Christine – History Teacher, 2010
The "fingerpost" is that ubiquitous hand with one extended finger long seen in public places, accompanied by directions such as "to the ladies' toilets" or "exit this way." More recently, that same finger has been widely adopted in electronic media, for the purpose of leading people simply and intuitively to a…
Descriptors: Semiotics, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Chandler, Cullen J.; Gregory, Alison S. – History Teacher, 2010
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that is written and edited solely by volunteers who have no qualifying credentials save an internet connection. With over 3.1 million articles in English, Wikipedia is indeed a formidable reference web site. From a research standpoint, Wikipedia is both the sinner and the saint: because anyone can make…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, Internet
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Nix, Elizabeth M. – History Teacher, 2010
Many history professors have been reluctant to authorize students to use Wikipedia in their classwork because they do not fully trust the open source encyclopedia. But as increasing numbers of scholars and teachers work with Wikipedia, its influence becomes undeniable. In this article, the author describes how Wikipedia works and how she made…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Collaborative Writing, Electronic Publishing, History Instruction
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Millward, Robert – History Teacher, 2010
Students gain a better understanding of war and economics when the variables come alive through stories, artifacts, and paintings. In this article, the author describes a short story about the fur trade which can generate lots of student questions about the fur economics, the Eastern Woodland Indians, trade artifacts, and war. The author also…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, United States History, Animals, Wildlife
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Saxe, David W. – History Teacher, 2010
Magna Carta, that great cornerstone of American liberty, has been in the news lately. Put up for sale by three-time U.S. Presidential candidate Ross Perot in December 2007, the 1297 version of Magna Carta displayed in the National Archives was sold to financier David Rubenstein for $21.3 million. While its sale demonstrates the cash value of the…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Medieval History, Civil Rights
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Metzger, Scott Alan – History Teacher, 2010
The Middle Ages are an immensely important era in the Western experience. Unfortunately, medieval studies are often marginalized or trivialized in school curriculum. With the approach of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the famous charter of rights from medieval England, one has a timely and useful example for considering what a focus on…
Descriptors: Medieval History, European History, History Instruction, Time
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Mosser, Kurt – History Teacher, 2010
In this article, the author shares his experience in teaching a course called "American Political Theory" at Nanjing University in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. The course the author designed was intended to explore the philosophical background of what drove the North American colonists to declare their independence; what ideas…
Descriptors: Course Content, Foreign Countries, Civil Rights, College Faculty
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Kane, Robert G. – History Teacher, 2010
Once adapted to the context of the classroom, the tenets of successful counterinsurgency offer teachers a potent intellectual framework for conceptualizing teachers' efforts to build effective active learning communities together with their students. In this article, the author describes a counterinsurgency analogy that shares essential features…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, History Instruction
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Sheppard, Maia G. – History Teacher, 2010
This paper reports findings from a study that explored the classroom culture that developed in a university history classroom when the professor's pedagogical decisions encouraged students to make personal connections with difficult issues, events, and ideas in history and their own lives. The author describes how this experienced teacher…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Classroom Environment, Caring, African Culture
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Blaszak, Barbara J. – History Teacher, 2010
The author is always looking for material to use in her campaign to end the educational "back-atcha" cycle. It is a multi-generational process, wherein unsophisticated fact-centered high school instruction turns out students resilient against understanding historical discipline despite their college courses; these students then go on to…
Descriptors: Historiography, Critical Thinking, History Instruction, College Instruction
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Fischer, Fritz – History Teacher, 2010
The art of history teaching is at a crossroads. Recent scholarship focuses on the need to change the teaching of history so students can better learn history, and insists that history teachers must move beyond traditional structures and methods of teaching in order to improve their students' abilities to think with history. This article presents…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Courses
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Sheets, Kevin B. – History Teacher, 2010
In teacher's idealized history classroom, students are abuzz with questions. They are eager to jump into a serious analysis of primary sources. They relish additional opportunities to engage historiographical debates. They are, as teachers like to say, "thinking historically." While there are few easy ways to create these idealized…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education
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Seng, Loh Kah; Wei, Lee Si – History Teacher, 2010
To cultivate imagination and empathy among school students is a basic challenge for history teachers. This paper examines the relative roles of the teacher and student in nurturing imagination and empathy in the Singapore history classroom, specifically, through source-based studies. Both imagination and empathy are ways for students to think…
Descriptors: Imagination, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Empathy
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