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Issues and Research

Elementary students typically rely on personal experience to explain the actions of historical figures. However, by utilizing the results of this study, teachers can help young learners excel beyond this basic understanding of historic events. FIND OUT MORE »

How to Use the Interactive Map:
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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Discover how to discuss controversial topics in your classroom without being [...] »

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What are the connections between student performance on tests and what goes on [...] »

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What does a curriculum designed to foster historical understanding and thinking [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

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Artifacts are unique, three-dimensional primary sources. What can they bring to [...] »

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Teaching history at any level can challenge teachers. What challenges are [...] »

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What impact do AP history courses have? Do they give eager students an [...] »

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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.