Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience

Synopsis

Focused on the key skills needed to teach history at the secondary school level, this text covers a range of issues that include the use of new technology and how to make the learning of history enjoyable for both student and teacher.

Excerpt

Almost every person who reads this book will have studied history as a school subject in some shape or form. Most will have encountered more than one history teacher and will be aware of the difference the teacher can make to the experience of school history.

In some hands, school history can seem a desiccated and stultifying subject, of dubious relevance and little clear purpose; in others it can seem inspirational, important and immensely rewarding. The aim of this book is to provide practical guidance in preparing to become a history teacher, and insight into the factors which will enable you to teach history effectively, and in a way which elicits the interest and enthusiasm of pupils.

Most people acknowledge that although subject knowledge is important, it is not the only factor involved in being a good history teacher. There is no necessary correlation between your prowess as an academic historian and your effectiveness in teaching history to children, although it is difficult to envisage how to teach history without a reasonable base of subject knowledge. Good subject knowledge is a necessary, but not sufficient prerequisite for effective teaching. Having degree-level knowledge of the English Civil War does not in itself guarantee that you will be able to teach it in a way that makes sense to 12-year-olds.

What are the other factors involved in teaching history, and how are the skills involved best acquired? The aim of this book is to provide practical guidance on these questions, and on how to bring together theory (ideas about teaching) and classroom practice.

FRAMEWORKS

It is important to remember that although you will have a substantial degree of latitude in the way in which you approach the teaching of history in the

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