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ERIC Number: EJ974946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-4476
Using Simulations to Teach Middle Grades U.S. History in an Age of Accountability
DiCamillo, Lorrei; Gradwell, Jill M.
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v35 n7 2012
In this year-long qualitative study we explore the case of two eighth grade U.S. History teachers who use simulations on a regular basis to teach heterogeneously-grouped students in a high-stakes testing environment. We describe the purposes the teachers espoused for implementing simulations and provide detailed portraits of three types of simulations used: role-play, game, and trial. We argue that because the ambitious teachers know their discipline well, see the potential of all their students, and feel that learning rather than testing should drive instructional decision-making, they are able to engage and challenge their students with historical simulations. This study adds to the sparse field of simulation research and to the emerging literature on ambitious history teaching. It also shows educators what is pedagogically possible in teaching history. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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