Thursday, November 12, 2009

NCSS Presentation Notes: Social Studies—Research and Practice

What Does It Mean to Think Historically... And How Do We Teach It?
Presented by Bruce van Sledright

Who epitomizes the depth of historical knowledge?
  • Historians.
How do they become these experts?
  • It's about reading and literacy practices combined with self-understanding and an awareness of social-cultural context and the individual's role as a citizen.
  • Fundamentally, becoming a novice expert is about achieving se;f-understanding and awareness if socio-cultural content itself (positionality)
Our challenges need to address these isues:
  • School literacy practices: Searching for the "one right idea"
  • Epistomological positions
  • The School and Cultural History Curriculum: Our education is about commemoration, not investigation

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