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Issues and Research

Using material culture—whether a building, a historic artifact, or even a photograph—engages the senses and enhances learning by making history tangible. Find out how the use of artifacts can shape students' understanding of U.S. history! 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

Photo, #23 Stranger..., 2008, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr

How do teachers use text- or web-based primary sources in the history/social [...] »

Print, "The End of the Story," 1915, Power O'Malley, NYPL Digital Gallery

How do children in different countries learn history? Is the role of narrative [...] »

Photography, Writing Exams, 15 Jan 2007, Flickr CC

What literacy activities best promote understanding? This study identifies some [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

Photo, 070305, March 5, 2007,  COCOEN daily photos, Flickr

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

Photo, Oregon Trail, September 13, 2007, eyllom, Flickr, creative commons

Can digital games encourage historical thinking, or do they waste valuable [...] »

Poster, Yanks in Germany want more books, 1918-1923, C.B. Falls, LoC

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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