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Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Temple Univ Pr
Publication date May 11, 2001
Pages 255
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781566398565
ISBN-10 1566398568
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Original list price $29.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Since ancient times, the pundits have lamented young people's lack of historical knowledge and warned that ignorance of the past surely condemns humanity to repeating its mistakes. In the contemporary United States, this dire outlook drives a contentious debate about what key events, nations, and people are essential for history students. Sam Wineburg says that we are asking the wrong questions. This book demolishes the conventional notion that there is one true history and one best way to teach it. Although most of us think of history - and learn it - as a conglomeration of facts, dates, and key figures, for professional historians it is a way of knowing, a method for developing an understanding about the relationships of peoples and events in the past. A cognitive psychologist, Wineburg has been engaged in studying what is intrinsic to historical thinking, how it might be taught, and why most students still adhere to the one damned thing after another concept of history. Whether he is comparing how students and historians interpret documentary evidence or analyzing children's drawings, Wineburg's essays offer rough maps of how ordinary people think about the past and use it to

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9781566398558 | details & prices | 255 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $64.50
About: Since ancient times, the pundits have lamented young people's lack of historical knowledge and warned that ignorance of the past surely condemns humanity to repeating its mistakes.
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from Temple Univ Pr (May 11, 2001)
9781566398565 | details & prices | 255 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Since ancient times, the pundits have lamented young people's lack of historical knowledge and warned that ignorance of the past surely condemns humanity to repeating its mistakes.

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