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Nascimento, Sophia Nzeribe – Teaching History, 2018
Sophia Nzeribe Nascimento, a mixed-race teacher, working in a diverse London school set out to explore her students' assumptions about who historians are. While her own ethnicity and gender may have convinced at least some of her students that history is not exclusively the preserve of old white men, she found that narrow and stereotypical…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Historians, Self Concept, Student Attitudes
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Fearn, Heather – Teaching History, 2018
Heather Fearn was intrigued by the factors that might have led her higher-performing students to talk in historically mature ways about unseen sources without any prior knowledge of the topic in hand. She began to wonder if what she was hearing was not best accounted for by a content-free disciplinary aptitude, but rather that it might be the…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Learning Processes, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Worth, Paula – Teaching History, 2018
Reflecting on her efforts to improve her trainee's lesson conclusions, Paula Worth decided to brush up her own. A journey of self-evaluation led her to revisit the Cambridge Conclusions Project. Through its lens, she found her own lesson conclusions wanting. Worth examines the way in which the final episode of a history lesson needs to do a great…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, History Instruction, Scholarship, Thinking Skills
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Bateman, Chloe – Teaching History, 2018
Chloe Bateman recognised the value to her Key Stage 3 pupils of developing rich subject knowledge, but wanted to find a way of encouraging them to value that knowledge for themselves. In this article she explains how she provided that inspiration by setting her Year 7 class the challenge of writing convincing and engaging historical fiction set in…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Learner Engagement, Writing Instruction, Fiction
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Snelson, Helen; Lingard, Ruth – Teaching History, 2018
Recognising the duty placed on all teachers by the 2010 Equality Act to nurture the development of a society in which equality and human rights are deeply rooted, Helen Snelson and Ruth Lingard were prompted to ask whether their history curricula really reflected the diverse pasts of all people in society. After making a commitment to include more…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Disabilities, Curriculum Development, Cultural Differences
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Durbin, Ed – Teaching History, 2018
Identifying the challenges his students faced both with recall and analysis of the content they had learned for their GCSE course, Ed Durbin devised a solution which focused not on exam skills and revision lessons, but on using Key Stage 3 to build the 'hinterland' of contextual knowledge and causal analysis his students required to make sense of…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Huijgen, Tim; Holthuis, Paul – Teaching History, 2018
In this article, which is based on Huijgen's PhD dissertation "Balancing between the past and the present", Tim Huijgen and Paul Holthuis present the results of an experimental method of teaching 14-16-year-old students to contextualise their historical studies in a different way. In the four lessons described, students' initial…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Barriers
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Richards, Hugh – Teaching History, 2018
Like many history departments, Hugh Richards' history department at Huntington School uses enquiry questions to structure their medium-term planning. Yet Richards noticed that his efforts to build knowledge across an enquiry by teaching macro-narratives as an unfolding story seemed to make it harder for some pupils to see and retain the bigger…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Departments, Inquiry
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Carroll, James Edward – Teaching History, 2018
Puzzled by the shrugs and unimaginative responses of his students when asked certain counterfactual questions, James Edward Carroll set out to explore what types of counterfactual questions would elicit sophisticated causal explanations. During his pursuit of the 'gold standard' of counterfactual reasoning, Carroll drew upon theories of academic…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, United States History
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Cook, Rachel – Teaching History, 2018
The disapplication of level descriptions in the 2014 National Curriculum has spurred many history departments to rethink their approach not only to assessment but to their models of progression. In this article Rachael Cook builds on the recent work of history teachers such as Ford (TH157), Hawkey et al (TH161), Luff (TH164) and Arscott and Hinks…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, History Instruction, Models, Foreign Countries
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Navey, Molly-Ann – Teaching History, 2018
Do GCSE and A-level questions that purport to be about consequences actually reward reasoning about historical consequences at all? Molly-Ann Navey concluded that they do not and that they fail to encourage the kind of argument that academic historians engage in when reaching judgements about consequences. Navey decided that it was important to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Burn, Katharine; Todd, Jason – Teaching History, 2018
Inspired by the claim that local history can be taught effectively 'Any time, any place, anywhere,' Katharine Burn and Jason Todd took up the challenge of planning Key Stage 3 enquiries related to an unusual and diverse, but frequently neglected and often despised, corner of Oxford. They sought not merely to develop the kinds of enquiry that would…
Descriptors: Local History, Inquiry, Lesson Plans, Curriculum Development
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Powell, Suzanne – Teaching History, 2018
Inspired by "The History Manifesto," Suzanne Powell describes in this article her rationale for expanding her students' horizons by asking them to think about change, similarity and difference on a grand scale. She sets 'big history' into its curricular context, and shows the way in which her students could, and could be encouraged to,…
Descriptors: Slavery, Prior Learning, World History, Misconceptions
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Massey, Carolyn; Wiggin, Paul – Teaching History, 2018
Discussions with sixth-form students about reading led Carolyn Massey and Paul Wiggin to start a sixth-form reading group. They describe here the series of themed sessions that they planned, and the student discussion and reflections that resulted. Listening to their students discuss their reading led Massey and Wiggin to reflect on what is meant…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Reading Instruction, Youth Clubs
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Apps, Kerry – Teaching History, 2018
In this article Kerry Apps introduces students to the significance of the witch-hunts in the modern era, at the time when they occurred, and in the middle of the eighteenth century. She presents her rationale for choosing the witch-hunts as a focus for the study of significance, and shows how her thinking about her teaching has evolved through her…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Transformative Learning, Reflective Teaching, Values Education
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