MasterClass in History Education

MasterClass in History Education : Transforming Teaching and Learning

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MasterClass in History Education draws on international research and practice to present effective and engaging approaches for history teachers who want to explore the ways in which reading, research and reflection can support the development of history teaching and learning in the classroom.

At the heart of the book is a series of professional enquiries carried out by experienced history teachers, working in a range of contexts. Each history teacher addresses clear questions arising from their practice and together they illustrate various approaches to data collection, data analysis and argument. These history teachers also show how they drew on diverse scholarship in history and history education, including many publications by other history teachers. In eight further chapters, other experts, ranging from practitioner-scholars to researchers in diverse fields (such as history, history education, teacher education, teacher research and curriculum theory) reflect on the distinctive insights that these teachers offer and explore connections with their own fields.

The combination of perspectives and the depth of knowledge of the varied contributors reveal the importance of different kinds of relationship between `theory' and `practice'. The links between classroom realities and research and the critical use of different kinds of text will support history teachers in developing their practice and professional voice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17.78mm | 601g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472534875
  • 9781472534873
  • 427,346

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Series Editor's Foreword

Introduction, Christine Counsell, Katharine Burn and Arthur Chapman

Part I: Researching History Education

1.Historical Change: In Search of Argument, Rachel Foster

2.Historical Causation: Counter-Factual Reasoning and the Power of Comparison, Ellen Buxton

3.Knowledge and Language: Being Historical With Substantive Concepts, Michael Fordham

4.Frameworks for Big History: Teaching History at Its Lower Resolutions, Rick Rogers

5.Evidential Thinking: Language as Liberator and Gaoler, Paula Worth

6.Historical Interpretation: Using On-Line Discussion, Daniel Magnoff

7.Historical Significance: Giving Meaning to Local Places, Michael Harcourt

8.Unmasking Diversity: Curriculum Rhetoric Meets the Classroom, Robert Somers

Part II: Discussing History Education Research

9.Causation, Chronology and Source Interpretation - Looking at School History from the Perspective of a University History Faculty: Reflections on Chapters by Ellen Buxton, Paula Worth and Rick Rogers, John Watts

10.On The Dual Character Of Historical Thinking: Challenges For Teaching And Learning: Reflections on Chapters by Daniel Magnoff, Rachel Foster and Ellen Buxton, Allan Megill

11.Exploring the Relationship between Substantive and Disciplinary Knowledge: Reflections on Chapters by Michael Fordham, Michael Harcourt and Daniel Magnoff, Kate Hammond

12.Teaching for Historical Understanding: Thematic Continuities with the Work of Lawrence Stenhouse, Reflections on Chapters by Rachel Foster, Robert Somers and Paula Worth, John Elliott

13.School Subjects as Powerful Knowledge: Lessons from History
Reflections on Chapters by Rachel Foster, Ellen Buxton and Michael Fordham, Michael Young

14.Breaking the Ice: Encouraging Students to Excavate the Familiar Surfaces of the Past Reflections on Chapters by Michael Harcourt, Michael Fordham and Robert Somers, Ed Podesta

15.Redesigning History Education to Improve Pupils' Understanding: Implications for Theory and Research: Reflections on Chapters by Daniel Magnoff, Michael Harcourt And Rick Rogers, Carla Van Boxtel And Jannet Van Drie

16.Voices From and Voices about the Past: Connecting Evidence, Significance and Diversity
Reflections on Chapters by Michael Harcourt, Robert Somers and Paula Worth, Izzy Jones

17.History's Distinctive Contribution to Critical Citizenship: Reflections on Chapters by Rick Rogers, Rachel Foster and Ellen Buxton, Mark Sheehan

Part III: Contextualising History Education Research

18.Historical Thinking / Historical Knowing: On the Content of the Form of History Education, Arthur Chapman

19.Sustaining the Unresolving Tensions within History Education and Teacher Education, Katharine Burn

20.History Teacher Publication and the Curricular `What?': Mobilising Subject-Specific Professional Knowledge in a Culture of Genericism, Christine Counsell

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Review quote

Masterclass in History Education should be on the book shelf of anyone who is involved with teacher education or anyone engaged in history education research. For history teachers at large, it is a stimulating book that successfully bridges the divide between theory and practice. * Teaching History * An indispensable volume for anyone who wants to stay abreast of cutting-edge research in how we learn, teach, and ultimately come to understand the past. * Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University, USA * Bridging the gap between academic research and practicing history teachers, this book offers a fascinating collection of teacher research reviewed and reflected upon from a number of perspectives from academia. The teacher research deals with familiar themes like causation, change and evidence, but also offers some refreshing new insights into teaching substantive concepts, big history frameworks, significance of localities and diversity - topics not often dealt with in the usual research on teaching history. The approach the editors have taken in composing this book is truly novel and results into compelling reading for anyone interested in history education at the level of school practice, teacher training or academic research. * Arie Wilschut, Professor of Social Studies Education, Faculty of Education, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands * This accessible and enjoyable collection serves as an excellent summary of the lively field of research in history education; a spur and inspiration for future practitioner research, and an invaluable guide to some of the issues which history teachers encounter on a day to day basis. Highly recommended for those entering into further study in education, heads of history departments looking for inspiration, and all classroom practitioners keen to be engaged in the ongoing discussion about history education in British schools. An invaluable companion. * Alex Ford, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University, UK * An extraordinarily rich contribution to current debates about history teaching and about teachers' use of research to inform and enhance their practice. The diversity of ideas considered here, and the quality of teaching, writing and research engagement which informs each chapter, makes this a vital addition to any conscientious history teacher's reading list. * John David Blake, History Consultant and Leading Practitioner, Harris Federation, UK *
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About Sue Brindley

Christine Counsell is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Katharine Burn is Associate Professor of Education (History) at the University of Oxford, UK.
Arthur Chapman is Senior Lecturer in History Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK.
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