Annual Meeting

Teaching Sessions to Be Featured at 1996 Annual Meeting

Peter N. Stearns, October 1995

The Association's Teaching Division, explicitly representing history teachers from various levels, continues with the 1996 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta to encourage a wide range of sessions for historians concerned with issues in the classroom. Contributions in this vein from members and affiliated societies make the task increasingly easy. Relevant panels at the Atlanta meeting include Session 1: Who Owns History? (see page 58 of the annual meeting Program); Session 2: Creating the History Classroom of the 21st Century (page 58); Session 25: Rethinking the American Survey: An Interactive Session (page 71); Bringing the Law into the Classroom: Establishing a Place for Private and Public Law in the Curriculum (page 82); Preparing Future Faculty: Engaging the Historian (page 83); Session 50: Gendering the Survey: Questions, Contradictions, and Suggestions (page 85); Session 73: The Experimental Challenge to the Traditional History Text: Primary Source Literature, Music and Artifacts, History Workshop, Student Generated Scripts, and the CD-ROM (page 98); Session 74: On the Outside Looking In: Writing and Teaching about Groups Not Your Own (page 99); Session 119: Teaching History Using Case Studies (page 123); and Session 134: History Textbooks: Challenges and Responses (page 130).

A number of other sessions deal directly with pedagogical issues, while several other unnumbered sessions sponsored by affiliated societies, as well as numerous luncheon meetings and receptions, also deal with history teaching (for example, the Friday reception for historians from two year colleges). For a summary of these rich offerings, including special meetings for various kinds of history teachers, please consult pages 18–20 of the annual meeting Program. Finally, virtually all of the upcoming sessions, even when most directly focused on research findings, have potential classroom implications and raise opportunities for relevant discussion. The Program Committee has reiterated the call to all session commentators to suggest links between scholarly papers and classroom uses. The Teaching Division continues to welcome the growing attention to teaching historians while maintaining the belief in the mutual reinforcement of classroom and research activities. To encourage K–12 teachers to attend the annual meeting, the Assocation is offering a special $10 registration fee for precollegiate teachers (evidence of employment is required).

Peter N. Stearns
Vice President, AHA Teaching Division