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Noteworthy New Articles
Back to School: Digital Resources for Intrepid Teaching Professionals
This short piece recommends several articles and apps for history teachers who want to integrate more digital technology into their classes. (Vanessa Varin, 28 Aug 2012, for AHA Today, from the American Historical Association)
Confessions of a Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher
"A personal look at Bobby Jackson, a seventh-grade teacher who uses a variety of teaching methods to re-energize the topic of Texas history for his students." (Description from AHA Today.) (Texas Monthly, Sept 2012)
Ever-Growing Past Confounds History Teachers
(Read or Listen!) This NPR story discusses the problems of teaching history when "1877 to the present" gets bigger every day. How do you make room in these history classes for the new people and events that make up the recent past? (National Public Radio, July 30, 2012)
History Discipline Core - Now Available from the AHA's History Tuning Project
Description taken from the document introduction: "We offer this document as a reference point to stimulate conversations within history departments and other relevant units of colleges and universities. ... We hope to initiate a process in which history faculties lay out their own distinctive goals and outcomes for courses, majors, and degrees, and then “tune” such descriptions by asking their own students, alumni, local employers and civic leaders to join in a conversation about what history degrees provide. Our aim is to begin a collaboration with a wide set of stakeholders about the essential nature of history in higher education and the breadth of skills and knowledge that history students bring to the table."
Sample Articles on Teaching with Archives
"Putting History Teaching 'In Its Place.'" by
From abstract: "[T]he author argues that in order to allow students to gain knowledge through critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry, history teachers need to provide opportunities for them to experience ways in which historians practice history", including "archival research and public presentation of historical study."
"Students in the Archives: A Short Report on a Significant Learning Experience." by
From abstract: "Archival research offers students a chance to engage actively with their local community through hands-on primary-source investigation and assessment. This report describes an archival research project in a 200-level course as a significant learning experience that integrates research, writing, revision, and collaboration processes ultimately to produce a class-authored document for web publication."
Recent Articles on History Teaching
This RSS feed pulls together recent articles from 6 Library databases, 4 in Education and 2 in History.
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