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Issues and Research

Teaching history is about more than just relaying facts, dates, and historical narratives. Teachers must also adhere to both state and federal standards and prepare their students for important standardized tests. How exactly does the importance of test preparation affect the quality of teaching on the elementary level? This Roundtable discussion attempts to answer this crucial question. FIND OUT MORE »

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Select individual states for testing and graduation data. Click state name for more detailed information. Data from Report on the State of History Education (2010).

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Research Briefs

Key research in history education

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Even the youngest students can move beyond simple explanations to understand [...] »

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What do students actually learn from historical feature films? [...] »

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Teaching historical thinking is challenging in a survey class where students [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

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Instant updating? Access inequality? Experts weigh the pros and cons. [...] »

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How can they be used? Should they be used? [...] »

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Is historical fiction an effective emotional hook, a distraction from the facts [...] »

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Spotlight: Report on History Education

A report on the state of history educationThis report examines history education, primarily at the state level. The updated report includes state policies and national programs as of 2010, including world history requirements and testing.

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