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College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum Questionnaire

AHA Staff, September 2005

US History
Fall 2003

First Name:
Last Name:
Institution:
Email Address:


  1. Does your department offer an introductory level survey in United States History?
    Yes - please go to question 2.
    No - please go to question 22.

  2. Please indicate semesters, trimesters, or quarters in the survey course.
    Semesters
    Trimesters
    Quarters
    Please indicate the number of semesters, trimesters, or quarters in the survey course.
    1
    2
    3
    4

  3. Please indicate the total amount of time per week that the survey course meets.
    Less than 90 minutes
    90 to 120 minutes
    120 to 150 minutes
    Greater than 150 minutes

  4. Please indicate the approximate beginning and end dates of the entire survey course:
    (Beginning date)
    Pre-Columbian
    1492
    1600
    1750
    Other, please specify

    (End Date)
    1945
    1960
    1975
    1990
    Present
    Other, please specify

  5. If the survey course is taught over two semesters, please indicate the approximate date where the second semester begins, otherwise skip this and go on to the next question.


  6. Approximately what percentage of the time in the entire course sequence is devoted to the following fields of history?
    Political %
    Social %
    Diplomatic %
    Economic %
    Cultural %
    Total (should equal 100%) %
  7. Approximately what percentage of the total instructional time in the entire course sequence is devoted to the following chronological periods?
    1600 - 1789 %
    1789 - 1865 %
    1865 - 1915 %
    1915 - present %
    Total (should equal 100%) %
  8. Approximately what percentage of your course is spent on the post-1975 period?
    %

  9. How is your course primarily organized?
    Thematically
    Chronologically
    Both
    Other (please specify, below)


  10. Please list up to five major themes covered in the course.
    1.
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.

  11. Does the course cover historiography?
    Yes
    No
    If yes, how much time do you devote to historiography?
    %

  12. Are students in the course required to read and discuss primary source material?
    No
    Yes, every class period
    Yes, once a week
    Other please specify

  13. Do you require students to do a research (term) paper? If so, please indicate approximate length:
    No
    Yes, less than five pages
    Yes, between five and ten pages
    Yes, more than ten pages

  14. Are students required to read and analyze primary source materials as a part of in-class exams?
    Yes
    No

  15. Approximately how much class time do you spend on
    gender? %
    race and ethnicity? %
    class and labor issues? %
  16. Approximately how much class time do you spend on regional history?
    The West
    The South
    The Midwest
    The Northeast
    The Southwest
    Other
  17. Approximately what percentage of the final examination is devoted to the following?
    Long essay
    Short essay
    Identification/fill in the blank
    Multiple-choice
    Other
  18. Do you use textbooks in the course?
    Yes
    No
    If yes, choose from below
    Paul Boyer et al., Enduring Vision
    James Henretta, America's History
    Alan Brinkley et al., America
    Davidson et al., Nation of Nations
    David Kennedy and Bailey, American Pageant
    John Murrin et al., Liberty, Equality and Power
    Mary Beth Norton, A People and a Nation
    Ayers et al., American Passages
    Gary Nash et al., Creating A Nation
    Other

  19. Do you use a supplementary book of primary sources?
    Yes
    No

  20. Do you use additional monographs?
    Yes
    No
    If yes, please list author(s) and title(s). A1
    Author
    Title
  21. Do you use any of the following in your course? (Check all that apply.)
    Web assignments/research
    PowerPoint
    Email
    Electronic database
    Electronic submissions
    Online discussions
    Distance Learning
    Plagiarism-checking software/services

  22. Does your department grant advanced placement and/or credit to entering students who have received a qualifying grade on the AP United States History Examination?
    Placement
      Yes
    No
    Credit
      Yes
      No
    Qualifying grade
      5
    4
    3
    2
  23. Would you be interested in participating in our pretesting of AP Exams?
    Yes
    No

Check here if you wish to receive a copy of the survey results.

Advanced Placement Program®

Questionnaire for College and Universities

NAME:

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INSTITUTION:

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To receive summary results, please fill in your email address.

EMAIL ADDRESS:

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Please answer questions 1-6 for the entire introductory survey sequence.

1. Does your department offer an introductory-level survey course in European History/Western Civilization that includes the period from the Renaissance to the present?

Yes [ ] Please go to question 2.

No [ ] Please go to question 17.

2. What is the title of the introductory survey course?

__________________________________________________________________________

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3. How long is the introductory survey course in semesters, trimesters, or quarters? (Check one.)

Semesters 1 [ ] 2 [ ]

Trimesters 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ]

Quarters 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ] 4 [ ]

Other

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4. How many semesters, trimesters, or quarters cover the period from the Renaissance to the present? (Check one.)

Semesters 1 [ ] 2 [ ]

Trimesters 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ]

Quarters 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ] 4 [ ]

Other

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5. When does the introductory survey course begin? (Check one.)

Prehistory [ ]

Classical Period [ ]

Late Classical [ ]

Early Middle Ages [ ]

Late Middle Ages [ ]

Renaissance [ ]

Reformation [ ]

17th c [ ]

18th c [ ]

19th c [ ]

20th c [ ]

Other:

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6. When does the introductory survey course end? (Check one.)

Late Classical [ ]

Early Middle Ages [ ]

Late Middle Ages [ ]

Renaissance [ ]

Reformation [ ]

17th c [ ]

18th c [ ]

19th c [ ]

20th c [ ]

Present [ ]

Other:

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Please answer the remaining questions for the entire sequence or for your particular course, as appropriate.

7. How is the introductory survey course organized? (Check one.)

Chronologically [ ]

Topically or Thematically [ ]

A Combination [ ]

Other

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8. Indicate below the approximate percent of the introductory course devoted to the following historical approaches. (Percents should total 100.)

Political/Diplomatic [ %]

Cultural/Intellectual [ %]

Social/Economic [ %]

Other [ %](Specify.)

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9. For each European history theme listed, check the number indicating the theme’s importance in the introductory course. (Use a 1 to 5 scale: 1 = Unimportant; 2 = Not very important; 3 = Important; 4 = Very important; 5 = Most Important.)

1 2 3 4 5 Changes in religious thought and institutions

1 2 3 4 5 Secularization of learning and culture

1 2 3 4 5 Scientific and technological developments and their consequences

1 2 3 4 5 Major trends in literature and the arts

1 2 3 4 5 Intellectual and cultural developments and their relationship to social values and political events

1 2 3 4 5 Developments in social, economic, and political thought

1 2 3 4 5 Developments in literacy, education, and communication

1 2 3 4 5 The diffusion of new intellectual concepts among different social groups

1 2 3 4 5 Changes in elite and popular culture, such as the development of new attitudes toward religion, the family, work, and ritual

1 2 3 4 5 Impact of global expansion on European culture

1 2 3 4 5 The rise and functioning of the modern state in its various forms

1 2 3 4 5 Relations between Europe and other parts of the world: colonialism, imperialism, decolonization, and global interdependence

1 2 3 4 5 The evolution of political elites and the development of political parties, ideologies, and other forms of mass politics

1 2 3 4 5 The extension and limitation of rights and liberties (personal, civic, economic, and political); majority and minority political persecutions

1 2 3 4 5 The growth and changing forms of nationalism

1 2 3 4 5 Forms of political protest, reform, and revolution

1 2 3 4 5 Relationship between domestic and foreign policies

1 2 3 4 5 Efforts to restrain conflict: treaties, balance-of-power diplomacy, and international organizations

1 2 3 4 5 War and civil conflict” origins, developments, technology, and their consequences

1 2 3 4 5 The character of and changes in agricultural production and organization

1 2 3 4 5 The role of urbanization in transforming cultural values and social relationships

1 2 3 4 5 The shift in social structures from hierarchical orders to modern social classes: the changing distribution of wealth and poverty

1 2 3 4 5 The influence of sanitation and health care practices on society; food supply, diet, famine, disease, and their impact

1 2 3 4 5 The development of commercial practices, patterns of mass production and consumption, and their economic and social impact

1 2 3 4 5 Changing definitions of and attitudes toward mainstream groups and groups characterized as the “other”

1 2 3 4 5 The origins, development, and consequences of industrialization

1 2 3 4 5 Changes in the demographic structure and reproductive patterns of Europeans: causes and consequences

1 2 3 4 5 Gender roles and their influence on work, social structure, family structure, and interest group formation

1 2 3 4 5 The growth of competition and interdependence in national and world markets

1 2 3 4 5 Private and state roles in economic activity

1 2 3 4 5 Development and transformation of racial and ethnic group identities

10. Are students in the introductory course required to read and analyze historical source materials? (Check one.)

No [ ] A little [ ] A fair amount [ ] A great deal [ ]

11. Are students given assignments that include the written analysis of historical source material?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

12. Are students asked to read and analyze historical source materials on in-class examinations?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

13. Approximately what percentage of your final exam is devoted to each of the following? (Percents should total 100%.)

No Final Exam [ ] Please go to question 15.

Long essays on historical themes ________%

Short-answer (paragraph) ________%

Identification/Fill in the blank ________%

Multiple-choice questions ________%

Map questions ________%

Other ________% Specify:

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14. The final exam grade in your course contributes approximately what percent to the final course grade? ________

15. Which of the following textbooks do you use as the primary textbook in your course? (Check one.)

No Primary Textbook [ ] Please go on to the next question.

_____ Chambers, Mortimer, Hanawalt, Barbara, Rabb, Theodore, Woloch, Isser, Grew, Raymond. The Western Experience
_____ Coffin, Judith G., Stacey, Robert C., Lerner, Robert E., Standish, Meacham. Western Civilizations
_____ Greaves, Richard L., Zoller, Robert, Roberts, Jennifer. Civilizations of the West
_____ Greer/Lewis, A Brief History of the Western World
_____ Hollister, Warren, McGee, Sears, Stokes, Gail. The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization
_____ Hunt, Lynn, Martin, Thomas, Rosenwein, Barbara H., Hsia, R. Po-chia, Smith, Bonnie G., The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures
_____ Kagan, Donald, Ozment, Steven, Turner, Frank M. The Western Heritage
_____ King, Martha L. Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History
_____ Kishlansky, Mark, Geary, Patrick,O’Brien, Patricia. Civilization in the West
_____ McKay, John P., Hill, Bennett D., Buckler, John. A History of Western Society
_____ Merriman, John. A History of Modern Europe
_____ Noble, Thomas F. X., Strauss, Barry S., Osheim, Duane J., Neuschel, Kristin B., Cohen, William B., _____ Roberts, David D. Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment
_____ Palmer, R. R., Colton, Joel, Kramer, Lloyd. History of the Modern World
_____ Perry, Western Civilization from the 1400s
_____ Spielvogel, Jackson J., Western Civilization
_____ Willis, F. Roy. Western Civilization
_____ Winks, Robin, Brinton, Crane, Christopher, John B., Wolff, Robert L. A History of Civilization: Prehistory to the Present
_____ Other: __________________________________________________________________________

16. What kinds of supplementary materials do you use in your course? (Check all that apply.)

[ ] Collections of readings

If checked, which one do you use?

_____Beatty, Heritage of Western Civilization
_____R. Golden, Social History of Western Civilization
_____Kishlansky, ed., Sources of the West
_____Perry, Peden, and Von Laue, Sources of the Western Tradition
_____Rogers, Aspects of Western Civilization
_____Sherman, Western Civilization: Sources, Images and Interpretations
_____Somerville and Santori, Social and Political Philosophy
_____Tierney, Kagan, and Williams, Great Issues in Western Civilization
_____Weber, The Western Tradition
_____Wiesner, Discovering the Western Past
_____Perspectives from the Past (Norton reader)

[ ] Videos/films/slides

[ ] Novels

[ ] Political writings

[ ] Atlases and maps

[ ] Scholarly articles

[ ] Online materials

[ ] CD-ROMs, laser discs, etc.

[ ] Exercises on diskettes

[ ] Other:________________________________________________________________________

17. Does your department grant advanced placement and/or credit to entering students who have received a qualifying grade on the AP European History Examination?

Placement: Yes [ ] [ ]

Credit: No [ ] [ ]

Qualifying grade:

5 [ ]
4 [ ]
3 [ ]
2 [ ]

18. If your syllabus is available via the Internet, list the address below.

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19. For members of your department who may be interested in evaluating student essays written for the AP history examinations, an electronic form of the application is available at:

20. Additional Comments:

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