History Teacher Forum
Recent Articles Dealing with the Teaching of History
Edward Gosselin and Birte Pfleger, November 1994
Twelve journals in the United States regularly publish articles relevant to history teaching at various levels (elementary, middle, and high school, and college and university). They are The History Teacher, Perspectives, Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, Social Education, OAH Magazine of History, The Social Studies, History and Social Science Teacher, History Teaching, Teachers College (Columbia University) Record, and Phi Delta Kappan. History Today, Hindsight (aimed at teachers and students), and History Teaching are British journals that offer articles dealing with history teaching or articles with information that are of use in history classes. We might add that other European countries have their own journals dealing with history didactics. First, there is the Mitteilungen of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Geschichtedidaktik. It has articles in German, French, and English (Prof. Dr. Karl Pellens, Editor, Lindenweg 2, D-7981 Schlier, Germany). The Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique (Professeur François Audigier, 29 rue d'Ulm, Paris) publishes materials dealing with history and history pedagogy. Similar publications can be found in Hungarian, Finnish, and Russian. The point here is that history didactics is a lively topic in the European world, and interesting and important materials can be found outside as well as inside the United States.
The list of recent articles that follows is not exhaustive. We were unable to locate several of the journals listed above. We hope, however, that it will be a good start for Perspectives's desire to make such articles and journals known to the American Historical Association membership. Journals whose articles are not listed here are invited to send their tables of contents to Edward Gosselin, History Dept., California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601 for inclusion in future lists.
Hindsight: CCSE Modern History Review 4, nos. 1 and 2 (September 1993 and January 1994)
Every article deals with a class-related topic (e.g., "Propaganda in Nazi Germany"), provides information and illustrations, and demands that the student answer questions (make choices). It is pretty high-level material and is very sophisticated. CCSE will soon give way to the Key Stage 4 program of study in the history national curriculum, but one assumes that the format will remain much the same. (Inquiries to Dr. Martin Booth, Dept. of Education, Cambridge University, 17 Trumpington St., Cambridge CB2 1QA, U.K.)
The History Teacher 27, no. 1 (November 1993)
James B. M. Schick, "The Decision to Use a Computer Simulation," p. 27.
Carol Toner, "Teaching Students to Be Historians: Suggestions for an Undergraduate Research Seminar," p. 37.
Julio Cesar Pino, "Notes on Teaching Comparative Modern Latin American History," p. 73.
The History Teacher 27, no. 2 (February 1994)
Robert Blackey, "Words to the Whys: Crafting Critical Book Reviews," p. 159.
David Frye, "An Alternative Approach to the Discussion Class," p. 167.
Paul C. Pitzer, "A Technological Breakthrough: On the Cutting Edge of Disaster," p. 223.
Perspectives 32, no. 1 (January 1994)
Sarah Gordon, "Historical Societies and the Teaching of U.S. Women's History," p. 3.
Christine L. Compston, "National History Education Network Begins Operation," p. 15.
Perspectives 32, no. 2 (February 1994)
Rita G. Koman, "Historic Places: Their Use as Teaching Tools," p. 3.
"Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of History," p. 18.
Phi Delta Kappan 75, no. 4 (December 1993)
Nathan Glazer, "Where Is Multiculturalism Leading Us?" p. 319.
Social Education 57, no. 6 (October 1993)
Alan Singer, "Multiculturalism and Afrocentricity: How They Influence U.S. History," p. 283.
Jacqueline A. Matte, "Southeastern Indians, Precontact to the Present: An Essay and Selected Bibliography," p. 292.
Roland Case, "Key Elements of a Global Perspective," p. 318.
Michael D. Evans, "Recruiting American Colonists among Eighteenth-Century Europeans: A Social Studies Exercise for Middle School Students," p. 337.
Teaching History 68
P. J. Rogers, "History Teaching and Economic Awareness: A Sample Topic," p. 9.
Teaching History 69
Peter Stone, "The Magnificent Seven: Reasons for Teaching about Prehistory," p. 13.
Brian Scott, "National Curriculum History, Schemes of Work and the Primary School Child," p. 19.
Keith Crawford and Graham Rogers, "Delivering the Primary History Curriculum," p. 22.
Teachers College Record 95, no. 2 (winter 1993)
Michael W. Apple, "Diversity and Inclusion: Toward a Curriculum for Human Beings," p. 211.
—Edward Gosselin is editor and Birte Pfleger is student editor of The History Teacher.