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Quirin, James A. – History Teacher, 2009
World history has become part of the "revolution in historical studies" since the 1960s, and a fast-growing area of college teaching in recent years. This article reports the author's research on his own world history-based course at Fisk University under the rubric of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This SoTL research suggests…
Descriptors: Scholarship, World History, Global Approach, Case Studies
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Trost, Jennifer – History Teacher, 2009
For many semesters, the author taught an introductory class titled "The Global Perspective: The World since World War II." In this article, she describes a successful approach she found for teaching first-year and non-major students to enjoy reading about the world and to appreciate a global perspective. She chose a source-based approach and she…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, World History, Global Approach, Teaching Methods
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Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2009
Lesson planning is a critical task in the education of pre-service teachers, but the author has often questioned the extent to which traditional lesson plan formats truly contribute to the teaching and learning of history. Since current research in history education calls for an emphasis on building "historical thinking" skills and content…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Thinking Skills, History Instruction, History
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Fallace, Thomas D. – History Teacher, 2009
Closing the "breach" or "distance" between teachers and historians has become a focus in teacher education and has gained greater prominence in the research on preservice teachers. Overall, most educational researchers now believe that a definition of historical knowledge includes not only a basic understanding of the facts, but also an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Historiography, History Instruction, Education Courses
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Stearns, Peter N. – History Teacher, 2009
As in any historical endeavor, periodization is an attempt to manage change, and present it coherently, by noting points where key breaks in framework occur. In world history, periodization has come to convey, particularly, shifts in the pattern of interactions and contacts among many, though not always all, major societies. In this article, the…
Descriptors: World History, Modern History, History Instruction, Classification
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DeRose, John J. – History Teacher, 2009
Old textbooks are one resource for teaching about the evolution of historical interpretation. Some libraries contain collections of U.S. history textbooks spanning multiple years and some schools even keep older textbooks used in past years. Recently, the author used a book by Kyle Ward entitled "History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How…
Descriptors: United States History, Textbooks, Historical Interpretation, Differences
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Bender, Thomas – History Teacher, 2009
In this essay, the author comments on the life and the contributions of author Gary Nash. Everyone is thanking him for his remarkable engagement with the schools, as a writer of outstanding textbooks and materials for teachers developed through his work as director of the Center for Teaching History in the Schools, and, of course, the National…
Descriptors: Historians, College Faculty, Role, History Instruction
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Dunn, Ross E. – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author appropriates from Clint Eastwood's film simply to organize a few remarks on his experience working with Gary Nash on the project to develop the U.S. national standards for history back in the mid 1990s. Sound bites are a powerful political tool, and it did not take them long to realize that the attacks on the standards…
Descriptors: National Standards, Academic Standards, History Instruction, Politics of Education
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Symcox, Linda – History Teacher, 2009
The author has known Gary Nash as a friend since 1969, but she only began to work with him as a colleague in 1989, when he invited her to join the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) as it was just forming. During the seven years she spent as Assistant and then Associate Director of the NCHS, they shared the extraordinary experience…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards, History Instruction
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Bingham, Marjorie – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author recalls the first time she met Gary Nash. He came to speak at a Bradley Commission meeting and she was rather surprised to see him appear and to find out that he, along with Charlotte Crabtree, was involved in a National Center for History. She gives three reasons for her surprise which she thinks may tell aspects of…
Descriptors: Textbooks, National Standards, History Instruction, Scholarship
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Sesso, Gloria – History Teacher, 2009
In this article, the author recalls the time she met Gary Nash at UCLA on July 13, 1992, when they began the work of creating the National Standards in History. Professor Nash was the leader in the development of the United States History Standards. In creating the Standards, they were to focus on Historical Thinking. They needed to organize the…
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, Females, Teachers
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Mellor, Ronald – History Teacher, 2009
It is as a longtime client, softball teammate, colleague, traveling companion, and friend that the author writes this article to honor Gary Nash. He has known him in varied guises in five different decades, and on five continents, with Africa coming in 2009. In this article, the author recalls some of his memories of Gary over five decades.
Descriptors: Friendship, United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, National Standards
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Blutinger, Jeffrey C. – History Teacher, 2009
A fundamental problem faced by anyone who wishes to teach the Holocaust, or any other mass slaughter, is the tension between the desire " to allow the dead their voices to make the silence heard," and a historical narrative that often deals almost exclusively on perpetrator actions. This bias in the narrative derives from the tendency in history,…
Descriptors: United States History, Jews, Victims of Crime, Death
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Browning, Judkin – History Teacher, 2009
Each fall semester, on the first day of class of his upper-level American Military History course, the author informs his students that a major part of the class consists of a wargame in which they will participate. In this article, the author describes briefly how the class will be divided into two teams, and that on a specific evening during the…
Descriptors: United States History, Military Science, Active Learning, Games
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Smith, Mark A. – History Teacher, 2009
Thomas Jefferson has long fascinated Americans. Even though Jefferson biographer Merrill Peterson once termed Jefferson "impenetrable," a host of recent scholars have tried to penetrate the "inner Jefferson" in an attempt to make him "more vital to people." Trying to understand Jefferson, one could argue, is akin to trying to understand America,…
Descriptors: United States History, Historians, Teaching Methods, Presidents
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