Constructing History 11-19 / Edition 1

Constructing History 11-19 / Edition 1

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Constructing History 11-19 / Edition 1

'Constructing History 11-19 provides a diverse yet remarkably coherent array of case studies of constructivist history teaching. Its contributors-researchers, teachers, department heads-have a shared understanding of recent theory and research, and provide extended, close-to-the-ground narratives of active learning, supplemented by the voices of both students who participated and academic historians who observed. It is a welcome addition to a vibrant field' - Professor Peter Seixas, Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia

'This book is full of hidden treasures. It is written by a community of practitioners who are all experts in creating history teaching that stretches and engages students. The book is designed to inspire action. It does this as ideas flow through the pages generating in the history teacher thoughts of how to apply and adapt. This book creates 'spin off': actual process that hits our classrooms' - Katy Allen, Head of History, Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

This book describes and exemplifies strategies for teaching history across the 11-19 age range in rigorous and enjoyable ways. It illustrates active learning approaches embedded in pupil-led enquiries, through detailed case studies which involve students in planning and carrying out historical enquiries, creating accounts and presenting them to audiences, in ways that develop increasingly sophisticated historical thinking.

The case studies took place in a number of different localities and show how practising teachers worked with pupils during each year from Y6/7 to Y 13 to initiate, plan and implement enquiries and to present their findings in a variety of ways.

Each case study is a practical example which teachers can use as a model and modify for their own contexts, showing how independent learning linked to group collaboration and peer assessment can enhance learning. Social constructivist theories of learning applied to historical thinking underpin the book, with particular emphasis on links between personalised and collaborative learning and e-learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847871886
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/23/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Hilary Cooper is Professor Emeritus of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria. After many years teaching in London primary schools and undertaking her doctoral research on child development using data collected as a class teacher, she lectured in Education at Goldsmiths’ College, London University. In 1993 she became Director of Professional Studies in the Department of Education at Lancaster University, then Reader, and later Professor of Education at St Martin’s College, now the University of Cumbria. She has published widely and has an international reputation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Constructing History 11-19 - Arthur Chapman
Year 5/6 and Year 7 Historians Visit Brougham Castle - Hilary Cooper and Liz West
Bringing the History Curriculum to Life for Year 8/9 - Jon Nichol
Towards Independent Learning in History: Year 10 - Joanne Philpott, Johannes Ahrenfelt and Terry Haydn
Documentaries, Causal Linking and Hyper-linking for AS Students - Arthur Chapman and Jane Facey
Advancing History post-16: E-learning, Collaboration and Assessment - Arthur Chapman and Barbara Hibbert
Afterword - Hilary Cooper

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