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Mparing how students and historians interpret documentary evidence or analyzing children's drawings Wineburg's essays offer rough maps of how ordinary people think about the past and use it to understand the present Arguing that we all absorb lessons about history in many settings in kitchen table conversations at the movies or on the world wide web for instance these essays acknowledge the role of collective memory in filtering what we learn in school and shaping our historical thinki. An incredibly useful book for history teachers and anyone interested in history education In this book Wineburg uestions the way people tend to think about history and the way it should be taught He argues persuasively for viewing history as a set of skills and a way of thinking rather than simply a list of facts names dates and events to be memorized using a number of different approaches to make this point and to show how this method of history instruction can be achieved This would entail movement away from textbooks a means of conveying knowledge that Wineburg critiues and views rather unfavorably and towards creative uses of primary sources in the classroom This book has really helped shape the way I think about history education and I would highly recommend it to anyone else in that field

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Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts Charting the Future of Teaching the Past Critical Perspectives on the Past

Since ancient times the pundits have lamented young people's lack of historical knowledge and warned that ignorance of the past surely condemns humanity to repeating its mistakes In the contemporary United States this dire outlook drives a contentious debate about what key events nations and people are essential for history students Sam Wineburg says that we are asking the wrong uestions This book demolishes the conventional notion that there is one true history and one best way to tea. One of the critiues I have read about this book is that it does not provide a how to of historical thinking I m not sure why this is a critiue of the book because Wineburg doesn t put forth that he will be trying to give teachers tools on how to teach historical thinking This book is an exploration of what historical thinking is Other scholars have engaged this material to develop tools for historical thinking pedagogyIf you really want to learn how to teach historical thinking go to the next NCSS conference

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Ch itAlthough most of us think of history and learn it as a conglomeration of facts dates and key figures for professional historians it is a way of knowing a method for developing an understanding about the relationships of peoples and events in the past A cognitive psychologist Wineburg has been engaged in studying what is intrinsic to historical thinking how it might be taught and why most students still adhere to the one damned thing after another concept of historyWhether he is co. I d like to believe that everyone would find this book as interesting and relevant as I do but alas I know that s not the case THEY SHOULD THOUGH Loved the insights into the theory of teaching history was hoping it would have advice or practical take aways but that wasn t ever the point I don t think Particularly memorable bits research on how teenagers historical understanding is built around familiespop culture specifically movies his broad defense of the necessity of thinking historically and teaching students to read critically uestion texts and build new understandings his detailed accounts of professional historians reading uestioning and using sources fascinating to hear them narrate their thought processes and suggestions about forcing students to wrestle with history by creating new stories themselves which isn t something I make them do Oh and one last thought his case studies tracking history teachers classes through a year of school make me petrified of ever letting anyone do research in on me teaching my classes


10 thoughts on “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts Charting the Future of Teaching the Past Critical Perspectives on the Past

  1. says:

    Basic critism of our educational system However the author offers no suggestion to an alternative method

  2. says:

    Wineberg is lively But you can tell he has never had to teach using state mandated standards Anyone can make Rosa Parks or the Civil War interestingwe have primary sources that our kids can access including photographs It's exponentially difficult to make the nullification crisis palatable to my 13 year olds

  3. says:

    One of the critiues I have read about this book is that it does not provide a how to of historical thinking I'm not sure why this is a critiue of the book because Wineburg doesn't put forth that he will be trying to give teachers tools on how to teach historical thinking This book is an exploration of what historical thinking is Other scholar

  4. says:

    Read for class Actually a fairly decent book It's the collected papers of a cognitive scientist who specializes in how we

  5. says:

    My partner assigns this book in her Teaching Historical Thinking which is how I found out about it I became hooked within the first few pages because of its relevance to thoughts I have had concerning the book Presence of the Past the study upon which it is based is mentioned in the final chapter of this bookI do have some criticisms I feel like he is a little unclear about what historical thinking is and why it is unnatural At times it se

  6. says:

    I'd like to believe that everyone would find this book as interesting and relevant as I do but alas I know that

  7. says:

    An incredibly useful book for history teachers and anyone interested in history education In this book Wineburg uestions the way people tend to think about history and the way it should be taught He argues persuasi

  8. says:

    As an IntermediateSecondary teacher I found some of what Wineburg said to be very interesting and in some cases helpful in planning long range units However the text seriously shows its age published in 2001 it basically points to flaws in the way the history and social studies curriculum is delivered mainly in the United

  9. says:

    As a history teacher in alternative learning environments homeschool co ops this book gave a really good view of what is not working in how history is disseminated to the next generation I think one solution would

  10. says:

    I assign this book every fall for my Teaching Historical Thinking course While some of the articles in it are decades old the concepts are still fresh because unfortunately students still find historical thinking unnatural