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Toettcher, Emily; West, Eliza – Teaching History, 2021
Eliza West and Emily Toettcher explain how a partnership between school and museum has evolved into a four-year enquiry into local history. The article focuses on the successful introduction of an oral history element in the GCSE syllabus and how the investigation into 'remembered' history helps students to appreciate the complexities of truth and…
Descriptors: Oral History, Partnerships in Education, Museums, Local History
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Worth, Paula – Teaching History, 2021
As part of her department's effort to diversify the history curriculum, Paula Worth began a quest to research and then shape a lesson sequence around the Inkas. Her article shows how she allowed the new topic and its historiography to challenge and extend her own use of sources, particularly oral tradition. Only after wrestling with traces of oral…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Oral Tradition, Indigenous Populations
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Apps, Kerry – Teaching History, 2021
Having been given some additional curriculum time, Kerry Apps and her department made decisions about what had been missing in the previous curriculum diet. Building on an existing enquiry (already published in "Teaching History 176"), Apps decided to focus on how and when the idea of race in its modern sense developed in early modern…
Descriptors: Race, Thinking Skills, Primary Sources, History Instruction
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Cusworth, Hannah – Teaching History, 2021
Making a passionate case for teaching Black British history in the secondary school curriculum, Hannah shares here the personal journey she has travelled in planning for Black British history in her curriculum. She cites her inspirations and offers striking examples to illustrate her rationale and approach to teaching this history. Hannah…
Descriptors: History Instruction, European History, Secondary School Students, Grade 6
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Garry, Josh – Teaching History, 2021
Josh Garry describes his effort to refresh his approach to teaching the British transatlantic slave trade. Drawing on reading, lectures and discussions during an Historical Association Teacher Fellowship programme, Garry built a sequence of lessons designed to contextualise the trade while showing African agency and complexity. The result was a…
Descriptors: African Culture, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Fellowships
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Carr, Elizabeth – Teaching History, 2021
Dissatisfied by her previous enquiries on medieval kingship and inspired by Helen Castor's "She-Wolves," Elizabeth Carr sought to incorporate the stories of powerful medieval women such as Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine into her Key Stage 3 curriculum. Carr used these stories to highlight to her pupils the crucial substantive…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Medieval History, Politics, Females
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Olivey, Jacob – Teaching History, 2021
In this article, Jacob Olivey describes his department's efforts to both diversify their Key Stage 3 curriculum and secure greater curricular coherence. Building on a large body of research and practice, Olivey sought new forms of curricular coherence through the selection and sequencing of substantive content across the curriculum. He reflects on…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Departments, Course Content
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Michalaki, Alexia – Teaching History, 2021
Frustrated by her students' glib use of catch-all terms such as 'militarism' in addressing causation, Alexia Michalaki wanted her Year 9 students to produce mature causal explanations of World War I. To encourage this to happen she went back into decades of pedagogical writing and research, teasing out the ways in which others have sought to…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Persuasive Discourse, Knowledge Level, History Instruction
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Mills, Jack – Teaching History, 2021
While looking to revamp his department's Year 7 enquiry on the Tudors, Jack Mills turned to historiographical debates regarding the 'mid-Tudor crisis' to inform his curricular decision making. In doing so, Mills noted that the debate hinged on interpretations of substantive concepts such as 'crisis'. He therefore also drew on previous…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Historiography, Secondary School Students
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Farley, Stuart – Teaching History, 2021
Inspired by the work of the social and cultural historian Tim Cole, Stuart Farley decided to look again at the way he teaches the Holocaust. He wanted to focus on the geographical concept of place as a way of enabling his Year 9 students to build far more diverse narratives, which took full account of the chronological diversity of people's…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Death, European History, Jews
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Patel, Dhwani – Teaching History, 2021
Much has been written in recent years about how historical scholarship can be used to shape practice in the classroom. As an historian of the medieval period now working as an history teacher, Dhwani Patel offers a fresh perspective on these debates. During her PGCE year, Patel found herself reflecting on how the lenses and methodologies that…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Interdisciplinary Approach, History Instruction, Secondary School Students
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Hiscox, Holly – Teaching History, 2021
Holly Hiscox was concerned that many of her A-level students -- asked to evaluate three different historical interpretations for their non-examined assessment task -- still tended to hold unhelpful misconceptions about the nature of interpretations. In this article she explains how she created an introductory scheme of work to help them understand…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, High School Students, Historical Interpretation
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Lyndon-Cohen, Dan – Teaching History, 2021
In this article, Dan Lyndon-Cohen makes the case that history departments should move from diversifying the curriculum to decolonising it. After reflecting on some examples of how he made the content of his lessons more representative, he explores how the influence of writers such as Michel-Rolph Trouillot and Emma Dabiri inspired him to find…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Course Content
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Fearns-Davies, Matthew – Teaching History, 2021
Should we, and how do we, develop in our students a sense of period -- or a series of senses of period -- in a thematic study spanning a thousand years? This was the problem faced by Matthew Fearns-Davies in preparing for the GCSE 'Health and the People' paper. He shows in this article the ways in which he considered the problem of chronological…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Thematic Approach, Teaching Methods, Influences
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Chaudhry, Afia – Teaching History, 2021
In 2005, in a "Teaching History" article entitled, 'A need to know', (EJ1069467) Nicolas Kinloch built an argument for teaching the history of Islamic civilisations to all pupils. Afia Chaudhry returns to this theme, reflecting deeply on the needs of her own students -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- within a diverse south London…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Islam, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries
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