What Is History Teaching? / Edition 1

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Overview

* How do pupils make sense of the past?

* What is the relationship between the way historians construct interpretations of the past and the way pupils learn history in schools?

This book draws together developments in a wide range of fields: in academic history, in the study of language and in classroom research on pupil learning, as the basis for a distinctive approach to the teaching and learning of history in school. Chris Husbands analyses four approaches to learning about the past: through looking at evidence, through the language of the past, through story and through the imagination. He emphasises the ways in which pupils and historians structure their own interpretations of history and considers the implications for teachers by examining the ways in which classroom talk, writing and assessment can support the development of sophisticated understandings of the past.

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Explores how pupils make sense of the past, and the relationship between how historians construct interpretations of the past and how pupils learn history in schools. Husbands (education, U. of Warwick, England) draws on his own teaching experience as well as the field's literature to analyze four approaches to learning history: looking at evidence, the language of the past, story, and imagination. He also considers how classroom talk, writing, and assessment can encourage a sophisticated understanding of the past. Distributed in the US by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335196388
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Husbands is Reader in Educational Studies at the University of Warwick. He has taught history in comprehensive schools in England and was Senior Lecturer in History Education at the University of East Anglia. He has written extensively on the teaching and learning of history.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Understanding History 1
Ch. 1 Introduction: learning about the past 3
Ch. 2 Understanding the past: evidence and questions 13
Ch. 3 Understanding the past: language and change 30
Ch. 4 Historical forms: narratives and stories 44
Ch. 5 Historical forms: facts, fictions and imagination 54
Pt. 2 History in the Classroom 71
Ch. 6 Understandings and misunderstandings 73
Ch. 7 Ways of talking: words, classrooms and history 88
Ch. 8 Organizing ideas: the place of writing 99
Ch. 9 Making judgements 119
Ch. 10 So, what is history teaching? 129
Bibliography 137
Index 145
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