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Teaching History with Big Ideas: Cases of Ambitious Teachers
     

Teaching History with Big Ideas: Cases of Ambitious Teachers

by S. G. Grant, Jill M. Gradwell, Andrew Beiter, Mary Beth Bruce, Trish Davis
 

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In the case studies that make up the bulk of this book, middle and high school history teachers describe the decisions and plans and the problems and possibilities they encountered as they ratcheted up their instruction through the use of big ideas. Framing a teaching unit around a question such as "Why don't we know anything about Africa?" offers both teacher and

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In the case studies that make up the bulk of this book, middle and high school history teachers describe the decisions and plans and the problems and possibilities they encountered as they ratcheted up their instruction through the use of big ideas. Framing a teaching unit around a question such as "Why don't we know anything about Africa?" offers both teacher and students the opportunities to explore historical actors, ideas, and events in ways both rich and engaging. Such an approach exemplifies the construct of ambitious teaching, whereby teachers demonstrate their ability to marry their deep knowledge of subject matter, students, and the school context in ways that fundamentally challenge the claim that history is "boring."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607097679
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
07/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
File size:
487 KB

Meet the Author

S. G. Grant is the founding dean of the School of Education at Binghamton University. His research interests include the intersection of curriculum and assessment policy. Jill M. Gradwell is an assistant professor and coordinator of social studies education in the Department of History and Social Studies at Buffalo State College, State University of New York. Her research centers on teaching, learning, and assessing history.

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