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    Trends in Researching School History

    by  • April 23, 2006 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Introduction Chris Husbands, Alison Kitson and Anna Pendry, in their book “Understanding History Teaching” summarize the main trends in researching history teaching. They set out three broad strands; research into children’s understanding of history, research into the purposes of history teaching, and research into history teaching in the classroom. HE institutions will expect research...

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    Pickaxe and Chickenpox

    by  • April 18, 2006 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    So, Maddy (small but beautiful child that I somehow seem to have fathered) didn't have chicken pox last time, but this week she certainly did.  There's not really any mistaking it, and I can't believe we were taken in last time…  Anyway, thus the lack of blogging… Oh, the pickaxe?  Well, I've been looking...

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    One Damn Thing…

    by  • April 12, 2006 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I've been travelling round Europe (OK, I went to Holland) talking about wikis and blogs, and I've done quite a bit of pupil blogging now, so I thought I'd put my money where my mouth is about wikis. You see I've been spouting about how wikis for small groups or communities of learners have...

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    Why Research your History Teaching?

    by  • April 10, 2006 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    There is a valuable body of literature that shows the value of research for trainee teachers, teacher trainers and established teachers. Emancipation A common justification for and aim of teacher research is that of “emancipation”. Hopkins reminds us that, “Teachers are too often the servants of heads, advisers, researchers, textbooks, curriculum developers, examination boards,...

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    E-Help

    by  • March 14, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Just come home from a fantastic e-help conference in Heerlen, Netherlands. I’d expected to learn lots, but was suprised at the pace and intensity that the e-help team maintained over the four days. We listened to, and talked about, learning history in a bi-lingual context, building a digital monument, holding oral history interviews using...

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    An affirmation of purpose

    by  • February 27, 2006 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Teaching history is a maddening blur. From class to class, keystage to keystage, year to year, through assessment and skills, to content, final levels and added value; the day to day concerns of a history teacher can often obscure the bigger picture. This bigger picture consists partly of why we teach history at all...

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    Podcasting

    by  • February 26, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Simon Ross (of www.ilovehistory.co.uk) and I have been doing some revision “to-go” for today’s ipod generation.  If you’re a student doing GCSE Modern World History, then you could do worse than pop over to Simon’s site and subscribe to the RSS feed.

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