Month: February 2020

What Does It Mean To Master Historical Thinking

I will explain why measuring historical thinking is a challenge to the classroom teacher. In addition, I will connect this challenge to what the social studies teachers must do in order for pedagogy/curriculum like historical thinking to take effect. Sam Wineburg’s 2001 book Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past took the musing and ideas of researchers and turned historical thinking into a movement for pedagogical and curriculum change. …

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The Current State of Assessing Historical Thinking: Part II

Dear Reader: This article series will focus on current research over assessments in history classrooms. Each part will be under 1,000 words and will focus on theory, possess brief literature reviews, and contain resources and ideas for assessing students. Below you will find a complete bibliography of all sources cited. Before answering the previously listed questions, it is foremost to give context to the concept of historical thinking and what has already been accomplished with …

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History Teaching and John Piaget

Jean Piaget created a cognitive model for how young people develop their mind. Educational researchers and psychologists have improved on this cognition model and have made it less strict than what Piaget intended; he had created four levels that children move through, and he believed that students could not be positively influenced to progress through the levels faster. John Dewey influenced Piaget, especially in how children are at the center of learning and how education …

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The Current State of Assessing Historical Thinking: Part I

Dear Reader: This article series will focus on current research over assessments in history classrooms. Each part will be under 1,000 words and will focus on theory, possess brief literature reviews, and contain resources and ideas for assessing students. Below you will find a complete bibliography of all sources cited. In American schools since the mid 2000’s, social studies departments and state departments of education have created goals and standards prioritizing critical thinking engagement. This …

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History Teaching and John Dewey

How can educational philosopher John Dewey help educators understand how to create an interactive education in history? Dewey’s educational perspective was “progressive” (8). In this type of education, the child is more at the center of the educational experience and a more active participant in the learning. Being active means students participate in group discussions and projects, but more importantly it means the students participate in the shaping of the curriculum. This participation turned education …

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