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Rodker, Alex – Teaching History, 2019
Narrative has begun to take its place alongside the essay, for so long the stereotypical currency of the history teacher and student. In this work, based on his experiences as a PGCE student, Alex Rodker argues powerfully that it is time now to consider how to help students to produce not just narratives, but better narratives. He builds on the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Feedback (Response), Student Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Driver, Steven – Teaching History, 2019
It is a charge commonly laid at history teachers that we, myopically, teach only the same-old same-old. Steven Driver has taken extreme steps to avoid this by focusing on a particular neglected event -- the American occupation of Nicaragua in the early twentieth century -- as part of his preparation of his students for A-level coursework. He…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Latin American History, Student Reaction, Historical Interpretation
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Carey, Andrew; Rowson, Jez – Teaching History, 2019
The authors of this article take a well-known structural framework for students' thinking about the Reformation and give it a twist. Their Tudor religious rollercoaster is informed by local visits in their setting in Guernsey -- an area where the local picture was not quite the same as the national one. Their Year 8s were able to place their local…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Local History, Religion
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Jenner, Tim – Teaching History, 2019
Inspired by the growing number of history teachers who have sought to introduce younger pupils to academic historical scholarship in the classroom, Tim Jenner wanted to bring about his own reading revolution at Key Stage 3. But rather than simply develop one-off lessons or enquiries based on scholarship his goal was more ambitious: to integrate…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Scholarship, Reading Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Thomas, Eleanor – Teaching History, 2019
Faced with the introduction of the new A-levels in 2015 and with a move to a new school, Eleanor Thomas took the opportunity to embrace yet another challenge: giving her students a complete free choice about the focus of their non-examined assessment (NEA). This article presents the rationale for her decision, acknowledging the challenges that it…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Student Research, Secondary School Students, Student Empowerment
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Bennett, Tom – Teaching History, 2019
Tom Bennett begins his article with a tale of a frustrating afternoon with Year 7. We've all been there. In his case, his frustration was caused by his finding a conceptual gap between how well his class wanted to do and the actual quality of their causal thinking. Bennett decided to use counterfactuals to improve their thinking. This article…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Visual Aids, Secondary School Students
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Bailey-Watson, Will – Teaching History, 2019
When planning a Key Stage 3 curriculum with his department, Will Bailey-Watson began to question some of the common sense orthodoxies regarding chronological sequencing and curriculum design. Drawing on pre-existing debates about curricular structuring in the history education community both in England and internationally, Bailey-Watson identified…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Genealogy, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Boyd, Susanna – Teaching History, 2019
Susanna Boyd 'discovered' women's history while studying for her own history degree, and laments women's continued absence from the school history curriculum. She issues a call-to-arms to make the curriculum more inclusive both by re-evaluating the criteria for curricular selection and by challenging established disciplinary conventions. She also…
Descriptors: Females, Curriculum Design, History, Teaching Methods
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Bird, Michael; Wilson, Tom – Teaching History, 2019
Michael Bird and Thomas Wilson focus their attention directly on the voices of pupils, in dialogue with their teacher and with each other, as they draw inferences from differing sources about the Norman legacy in Chester. By carefully examining dialogue stimulated by these sources, Bird and Wilson demonstrate not only the role that prior knowledge…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Medieval History, Dialogs (Language)
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Stanford, Matthew – Teaching History, 2019
While weighing up the relative merits of the competing narratives of the Battle of Hastings that his department might present to Year 7, Matthew Stanford began to consider how the causal models that teachers introduce influence the causal arguments that students later go on to write. In this article, Stanford shows how such realisations informed…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Medieval History, Causal Models, Educational Planning
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Wansink, Bjorn; Patist, Jaap; Zuiker, Itzél; Savenije, Geerte; Janssenswillen, Paul – Teaching History, 2019
Sometimes, things don't go to plan. Current events come into the classroom, especially the history classroom. How should students' responses to current affairs be dealt with there? How should students' desire to voice their opinions be handled if their opinion is unpopular. What if the student is simply wrong? How far can moral relativism be…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teacher Response, Current Events
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Foster, Rachel; Goudie, Kath – Teaching History, 2019
Reflecting on challenges that had surfaced in their own and others' efforts to get pupils to write historical narratives, Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie went back to the drawing board to consider the disciplinary purposes of narrative. They used both historical scholarship and theoretical works by historians on narrative construction. Their…
Descriptors: European History, History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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McDonnell, Liam – Teaching History, 2019
Struck by his GCSE students' bewildered expressions when studying source extracts, Liam McDonnell decided to adopt a new approach to source analysis. Inspired by the work of other history teachers, McDonnell decided to use an anthology of substantial sources when studying nineteenth-century Whitechapel in London. By revisiting the sources at…
Descriptors: Historians, History, History Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Olivey, Jacob – Teaching History, 2019
Jacob Olivey wanted Year 8 to know that ordinary people in the nineteenth century constructed their own identities. In this reflection on how his practice developed in his training year, Olivey illustrates the importance of using historical scholarship in choosing foundational knowledge to teach. He shows how he used that scholarship to shape and…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Identification (Psychology), Teaching Methods, Working Class
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Bailey-Watson, Will; Kennett, Richard – Teaching History, 2019
Many history teachers will already be familiar with 'meanwhile, elsewhere...', a website offering freely downloadable homework resources on individuals, events and developments in world history. In this article the website's creators, Richard Kennett and Will Bailey-Watson, set out a curricular rationale for the project. They argue that using…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, History Instruction, World History, Instructional Materials
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