Doing History: Investigating With Children In Elementary And Middle Schools by Linda S. LevstikDoing History: Investigating With Children In Elementary And Middle Schools by Linda S. Levstik

Doing History: Investigating With Children In Elementary And Middle Schools

byLinda S. Levstik, Keith C. BartonEditorLinda S. Levstik

Paperback | January 23, 2015

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Now in its fifth edition,Doing Historyoffers a unique perspective on teaching and learning history in the elementary and middle grades. Through case studies of teachers and students in diverse classrooms and from diverse backgrounds, it shows children engaging in authentic historical investigations, often in the context of an integrated social studies curriculum.

The premise is that children can engage in valid forms of historical inquiry¿collecting and analyzing data, examining the perspectives of people in the past, considering multiple interpretations, and creating evidence-based historical accounts. Grounded in contemporary sociocultural theory and research, the text features vignettes in each chapter showing communities of teachers and students doing history in environments rich in literature, art, writing, discussion, and debate. The authors explain how the teaching demonstrated in the vignettes reflects basic principles of contemporary learning theory.

Doing Historyemphasizes diversity of perspectives in two ways: readers encounter students from a variety of backgrounds, and students themselves look at history from multiple perspectives. It provides clear guidance in using multiple forms of assessment to evaluate the specifically historical aspects of children¿s learning.

Linda S. Levstikis Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky, USA.Keith C. Bartonis Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University, USA.
Title:Doing History: Investigating With Children In Elementary And Middle SchoolsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 10.8 × 8.4 × 0.6 inPublished:January 23, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415737338

ISBN - 13:9780415737333

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Table of Contents


Author Biographies

Chapter 1Past, Present, and Future: The Sociocultural Context for Studying History

Chapter 2It¿s Not Just a Mishap: The Theory Behind Disciplined Inquiry

Chapter 3There Aren¿t a Lot of "For Sure" Facts: Building Communities of Historical Inquiry

Chapter 4To Find Out Things We Didn¿t Know About Ourselves: Personal Histories

Chapter 5Tell Me About Yourself: Linking Children to the Past Through Family Histories

Chapter 6I Think Columbus Went to Hell!: Connections and Controversies in World History

Chapter 7Camel Dies, Lose Three Turns: Scaffolding Inquiry Into World History

Chapter 8Rats in the Hospital: Creating a History Museum

Chapter 9I Have No Experience with This! Historical Inquiry in an Integrated Social Studies Setting

Chapter 10Why Isn¿t That in the Textbook? Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Thinking

Chapter 11Oh, Good! We Get to Argue: Putting Conflict in Context

Chapter 12In My Opinion, It Could Happen Again: How Attitudes and Beliefs Have Changed Over Time

Chapter 13Nosotros La Gente: Diverse Perspectives in U.S. History

Chapter 14The Arts Make Us All Part of Humankind: Cognitive Pluralism in History Teaching

and Learning




Editorial Reviews

"This book is, bar none, the best collection of ideas on teaching history in meaningful ways to elementary and middle school students. The authors ground engaging teaching examples in relevant theory and draw connections to technology, literature, and the arts. It is a must-have for any history teacher."

Christine Woyshner, Temple University, USA