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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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Boyd, Susanna – Teaching History, 2019
Susanna Boyd 'discovered' women's history while studying for her own history degree, and laments women's continued absence from the school history curriculum. She issues a call-to-arms to make the curriculum more inclusive both by re-evaluating the criteria for curricular selection and by challenging established disciplinary conventions. She also…
Descriptors: Females, Curriculum Design, History, Teaching Methods
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Bird, Michael; Wilson, Tom – Teaching History, 2019
Michael Bird and Thomas Wilson focus their attention directly on the voices of pupils, in dialogue with their teacher and with each other, as they draw inferences from differing sources about the Norman legacy in Chester. By carefully examining dialogue stimulated by these sources, Bird and Wilson demonstrate not only the role that prior knowledge…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Medieval History, Dialogs (Language)
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Stanford, Matthew – Teaching History, 2019
While weighing up the relative merits of the competing narratives of the Battle of Hastings that his department might present to Year 7, Matthew Stanford began to consider how the causal models that teachers introduce influence the causal arguments that students later go on to write. In this article, Stanford shows how such realisations informed…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Medieval History, Causal Models, Educational Planning
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Wansink, Bjorn; Patist, Jaap; Zuiker, Itzél; Savenije, Geerte; Janssenswillen, Paul – Teaching History, 2019
Sometimes, things don't go to plan. Current events come into the classroom, especially the history classroom. How should students' responses to current affairs be dealt with there? How should students' desire to voice their opinions be handled if their opinion is unpopular. What if the student is simply wrong? How far can moral relativism be…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teacher Response, Current Events
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Foster, Rachel; Goudie, Kath – Teaching History, 2019
Reflecting on challenges that had surfaced in their own and others' efforts to get pupils to write historical narratives, Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie went back to the drawing board to consider the disciplinary purposes of narrative. They used both historical scholarship and theoretical works by historians on narrative construction. Their…
Descriptors: European History, History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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McDonnell, Liam – Teaching History, 2019
Struck by his GCSE students' bewildered expressions when studying source extracts, Liam McDonnell decided to adopt a new approach to source analysis. Inspired by the work of other history teachers, McDonnell decided to use an anthology of substantial sources when studying nineteenth-century Whitechapel in London. By revisiting the sources at…
Descriptors: Historians, History, History Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Trapani, Barbara – Teaching History, 2019
The stimulus for this article came from two developmental tasks that Barbara Trapani was set during the course of her initial teacher education programme: planning her first historical enquiry and bringing the work of an historian into the classroom. Trapani chose to tackle the two tasks together, using Susan Whitfield's accounts -- both of…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Scholarship, Archaeology, Evidence
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Mohamud, Abdul; Whitburn, Robin – Teaching History, 2019
It is almost 20 years since Michael Riley first invited Key Stage 3 history teachers to 'choose and plant' their enquiry questions. Many members of the history education community have taken up that invitation, making use of overarching enquiry questions to structure students' learning. But what is meant by enquiry in this context is sometimes…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development
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Hibbert, David; Patel, Zaiba – Teaching History, 2019
David Hibbert and Zaiba Patel decided to work together after becoming concerned that school history curricula might not enable students to interrogate popular British mythologising about World War II. Building on these pre-existing concerns, their collaboration with the historian Yasmin Khan yielded an Interpretations enquiry which asked students…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History Instruction, War, Historians
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Hawkey, Kate; Snelson, Helen – Teaching History, 2019
Kate Hawkey and Helen Snelson, who have both worked for many years in initial teacher education, wanted to find ways of supporting recently qualified teachers in continuing to develop their practice. Working in two different parts of the country, they established different kinds of informal, but well-focused history-specific, support groups. Their…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, History Instruction, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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