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Ellis, James – Teaching History, 2020
Is it structure or the selection of knowledge that makes writing historical narrative so difficult? Where does a conceptual focus on change, or causation, come in? James Ellis set out to explore the challenges his Year 9 pupils faced in writing historical narratives about change. Inspired by the work of Orlando Figes, he put together a scheme of…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Secondary School Students, Grade 9, History
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Vlachaki, Maria; Kouseri, Georgia – Teaching History, 2020
Teaching in Greece, a country with extensive recent experience of immigration, Maria Vlachaki and Georgia Kouseri were interested to examine how they might use family history as a means of exploring the historical dimensions of this potentially sensitive topic. They hoped that encouraging pupils to explore their relatives' stories would prove an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Background, Family (Sociological Unit), Immigration
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Taylor, Michael – Teaching History, 2020
Michael Taylor begins his piece by reminding us that writing great history essays is hard. He compares the process to running a marathon, and his central thesis is that, just as the best training for running a marathon is not running marathons, so the way to encourage students to produce great essays is not writing more and more essays. Instead…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), History Instruction, Essays, Writing Processes
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Marsay, Elizabeth – Teaching History, 2020
Elizabeth Marsay wanted to ensure that her students were not hindered in their causal explanations of the abolition of slavery by being exposed to overly categorical, simplistic, and monocausal narratives in the classroom. By drawing on both English and Canadian theorisation about causation, Marsay outlines how her introduction of competing…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Slavery, European History, Influences
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Ford, Alex – Teaching History, 2020
Aware both that causation is the bread and butter of the historian's craft, and that trainee teachers find it far harder to teach well than they anticipate, Alex Ford sought to get to the heart of the problem with causation, especially at GCSE. When teaching to a specification and mark scheme, both of which reward poorly substantiated causal…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, History Instruction
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Benger, Alexander – Teaching History, 2020
Alex Benger asks whether the mode of enquiry adopted by cultural historians, the construction of webs of past meaning from past perspectives, is underexplored in school history. Benger used a cultural history approach in his building of an enquiry for Year 9 around one man's experience of the First World War. Here he examines his pupils' efforts…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Grade 8, High School Students, War
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Keates, Dan – Teaching History, 2020
Determined to do justice to the complexity of the seventeenth century, as a messy but crucial period in British history, and to develop their pupils' disciplinary understanding of how and why interpretations of the past are constructed, Dan Keates and his department set out to exploit the rich seam of interpretations of Cromwell. The quest to…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Middle School Students, History Instruction, World History
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Duncan, Matthew – Teaching History, 2020
Building on research by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Matthew Duncan was concerned that his students were drawn to simplistic explanations of Holocaust perpetrators' actions. As well as the UCL Centre's research, Duncan drew on history education research from Canada and history teachers' theorisation in England for inspiration in his…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Jews, Death, War
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Driver, Steven – Teaching History, 2020
In his article in this journal just over a year ago, Steven Driver set out his vision for a less myopic range of topics in A-level coursework. In this edition, Driver demonstrates how he has built student enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, a topic which he had previously identified as neglected -- Nicaragua's place within late 19th- and early…
Descriptors: History Instruction, World History, Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement
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Priggs, Catherine – Teaching History, 2020
Catherine Priggs and her history department colleagues were increasingly concerned that their curriculum was too narrow. They feared that major areas of history were being left out and that many of their own pupils were not seeing themselves, in their various ethnic, cultural and world identities, in the past. Priggs and colleagues decided that a…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Self Concept, Cultural Background, Ethnicity
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Ancell, Carina; Kunna, Alan; Dillon, Chris; Green, Toby – Teaching History, 2020
Struck by their sixth-form students' self-doubt when asked to make an historical claim, teachers Carina Ancell and Alan Kunna went in search of ways to build their students' confidence. A fruitful discussion with university lecturers Toby Green and Chris Dillon, about the challenges faced by first-year undergraduates in seminar discussion, led to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Self Esteem, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Secondary School Students
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Lewis, Carenza – Teaching History, 2020
In March 2020, when COVID-19's lockdown restrictions saw schools closed to the majority of children, Carenza Lewis quickly began thinking of ways to help both teachers and parents. Drawing on extensive experience of enabling children and young people to learn from practical engagement in archaeology, she came up with a plan. Almost overnight, Dig…
Descriptors: History Instruction, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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Hill, Michael – Teaching History, 2020
Mike Hill was concerned that his students were unable to genuinely inhabit the historical places they encountered in his lessons. Drawing on fields as varied as history-teacher research, philosophy, and literary and media theory, Hill identified ways to curate his students' constructions of 'secondary worlds' in the historical past, including…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, European History
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Angell, Jess – Teaching History, 2020
In this article, Jess Angell shows how her department seeks to make extracurricular activities accessible to all. There is a strong focus on involving professional historians, since so many students seem not to understand who historians are, or what they do. But the audience is wider than just history students: she shows how the whole school, as…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Historians, History Instruction, Departments
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Davies, Nathanael – Teaching History, 2020
Nathanael Davies explains his radical rethink of how to teach transatlantic slavery. He explains how he came to question his earlier approach of focusing on the causation of 'abolition' and 'emancipation' and, instead, allowed scholarship, sources and his own students' meaning-making to guide him to a different, and much more profound, analytic…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Slavery, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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