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Knowing, Teaching, and

Learning History
National and International Perspectives

E D I T E D BY

Peter N. Stearns, Peter Seixas,


and Sam Wineburg

New York University Press


NEW YORK AND

LONDON

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
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Current Issues in History Education

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Schweigen! die Kinder! or, Does Postmodern History


Have a Place in the Schodls?
Peter Seixas

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Is It Possible to Teach Beliefs, as Well as Knowledge


about History?

James V. Wertsch

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Teaching and Learning History in Canada


Desmond Morton

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Dilemmas and Delights of Learning History


David Lowenthal

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The Caliph's Coin: The Currency of Narrative


Frameworks in History Teaching
Denis Shemilt
The "Convergence" Paradigm in Studying Early
American History in the Schools
Gary B. Nash
Constructing World History in the Classroom
Ross E. Dunn
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Changes Needed to Advance Good


History Teaching

The Educational Backgrounds of History Teachers


Diane Ravitch

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A Catwalk across the Great Divide: Redesigning the


History Teaching Methods Course
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G. Williamson McDiarmid and Peter Vinten-Johansen
"What's This New Crap? What's Wrong with
the Old Crap?" Changing History Teaching
in Oakland, California

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Shelly Weintraub
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Research on Teaching and Learning


in History

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Progression in Historical Understanding among


Students Ages 7-14
Peter Lee and Rosalyn Ashby

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Lessons on Teaching and Learning in History from


Paul's Pen
Gaea Leinhardt

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Methods and Aims of Teaching History in Europe:


A Report on Youth and History
Bodo von Borries

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How Americans Use and Think about the Past:


Implications from a National Survey for
the Teaching of History

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Roy Rosenzweig

- 15 Articulating the Silences: Teachers' and Adolescents'


Conceptions of Historical Significance

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Linda S. Levstik

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Making Historical Sense

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Sam Wineburg
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Models for Teaching

Into the Breach: Using Research and Theory to Shape


History Instruction
Robert B. Bain

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Making Connections: The Interdisciplinary


Community of Teaching and Learning History
- Christine Gutierrez
A Case Study of Developing Historical Understanding
via Instruction: The Importance of Integrating Text
Components and Constructing Arguments
James F. Voss and Jennifer Wiley

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Historical Understanding: Beyond the Past and into


the Present
Veronica Boix-Mansilla

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Getting Specific about Training in Historical Analysis:


A Case Study in World History
Peter N. Stearns
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The Sourcer's Apprentice: A Tool for


Document-Supported Instruction
M. Anne Britt, Charles A. Perfetti, Julie A. Van Dyke,
and Gareth Gabrys
Postlogue
Contributors

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