Understanding History

Understanding History

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What sense do children and young people make of history? How do they cope with competing historical accounts in textbooks? How do they think historical or archaeological claims are supported or rejected? And whatever students think about history, how do their teachers see history education? The contributors to this fourth volume of the International Review of History Education discuss these questions in the context of their research. Divided into two sections, the first part of the book examines students' ideas about the discipline of history and the knowledge it produces. The second part looks in detail at teachers' own ideas about teaching. Featuring contributions from authors throughout the world, including the USA, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Taiwan and the UK, the book provides interesting studies of how history is both taught and received in these different countries. Understanding History contributes to current knowledge of successful teaching: that teachers must take into accounts students' preconceptions that they bring to the classroom as well as accepting the complexity and importance of their own professional knowledge. The book will be of interest to anyone studying or researching history education as well as teachers of history throughout the world.the Eastern Front portrayed in national history textbooks, particularly in those of its two main wartime allies, England and the US? ... is subjected to detailed analysis in order to appreciate both the nature of, and the reasons for, different interpretations of the role of the Soviet Union during the Second World War. ... Odyssey: The United States in the 20th Century (New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill , 1994).

Title:Understanding History
Author:Ros Ashby, Professor Peter Gordon, Peter Lee
Publisher:Routledge - 2004-08-02


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