Historical Empathy and Perspective Taking in the Social Studies

Historical Empathy and Perspective Taking in the Social Studies

by O. L., Jr. Davis Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847698130

ISBN-13: 9780847698134

Pub. Date: 06/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Making the historical past come alive for students is a goal of most social studies teachers. Many youth find the people and events and movements portrayed in their textbooks to be wooden, remote, and empty. For history to become alive to them, students seek personal meanings as they use knowledge of context and ponder details. Currently most school history

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Making the historical past come alive for students is a goal of most social studies teachers. Many youth find the people and events and movements portrayed in their textbooks to be wooden, remote, and empty. For history to become alive to them, students seek personal meanings as they use knowledge of context and ponder details. Currently most school history programs emphasize knowledge acquisition at the expense of these personal constructions of meaning. This new collection of essays provides practical assistance in the search for a more robust teaching of history and the social studies. Contributors to this volume offer insights from the discipline of history about the nature of empathy and the necessity of examining perspectives on the past. On the basis of recent classroom research, they suggest tested guides to more robust teaching. They also employ examples from classroom practice about how teachers can facilitate students' consideration of multiple and sometimes conflicting perspectives when seeking historical meanings. The contributors insist that with experienced history and social studies teachers, students can learn many historical details and, with the use of empathy, develop deepened and textured interpretations of the history that they study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847698134
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

1In Pursuit of Historical Empathy1
2The Role of Empathy in the Development of Historical Understanding13
3Empathy, Perspective Taking, and Rational Understanding21
4From Empathic Regard to Self-Understanding: Im/Positionality, Empathy, and Historical Contextualization51
5Crossing the Empty Spaces: Perspective Taking in New Zealand Adolescents' Understanding of National History69
6Teaching and Learning Multiple Perspectives on the Use of the Atomic Bomb: Historical Empathy in the Secondary Classroom97
7Perspectives and Elementary Social Studies: Practice and Promise115
8The Holocaust and Historical Empathy: The Politics of Understanding139
9Historical Empathy in Theory and Practice: Some Final Thoughts167
Index183
About the Contributors191

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