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Swartz, Avonna – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that increasing numbers of history teachers design courses to have students use historical research and processing skills. Reports on a study of 120 middle school students about their perceptions of what historians do. Concludes that the study provided teachers a means of assessing student understanding of historians. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Historians, History
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Scarano, Francisco A. – Social Studies, 1994
Reports on the research and development of a history textbook on Puerto Rico. Discusses the issues of historical synthesis and the special problems associated with writing a book about an island that is neither an independent nation nor a colonial possession. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Elementary Secondary Education
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Commeyras, Michelle; Alvermann, Donna E. – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that there is an important difference between history as socially constructed knowledge and as an objective, fixed account. Reports on a content analysis of three high school world history texts to determine how the meaning from them may be influenced in the content and power relations implicit in the textbook language. (CFR)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism
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Epstein, Terrie L. – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that differences in historical interpretations presented in textbooks have implications for citizenship education. Compares the treatment of the civil rights movement in two secondary level U.S. history textbooks. Concludes that selection committees should examine historical interpretation as well the amount of information about…
Descriptors: Black History, Citizenship Education, Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights