1st Edition

Historical Thinking for History Teachers A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness

Edited By Robert Parkes Copyright 2019
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    Effective Australian history education has never been more important for the development of critically aware and thoughtful young people. History fosters important skills in reasoning, historical consciousness and empathy; and an appreciation of history is crucial to the development of students' understanding of the very nature of our society. This edited collection comprises contributions from leading historians, educators and practising teachers, and surveys Australian history teaching today, from the development of the national curriculum to fostering historical thinking and promoting effective engagement in the history classroom.

    The book begins with an analysis of the principles underlying the drafting of the national curriculum and features insights from the writers of the curriculum themselves. It focuses on the curriculum from primary- and secondary-school teaching perspectives. Part 2 examines the teaching of historical expertise including historical thinking and value formation, as well as productive assessment and the important role social history can play in the classroom. Part 3 concentrates on specific approaches to history teaching including teacher talk; the use of historical fiction and film; digital technology and the internet; as well as museums as a teaching medium. Part 4 analyses key aspects of Australian history teaching including Indigenous perspectives, teaching citizenship and assisting the pre-service teacher in their transition to becoming a professional.

    Rich with insights into historical skills, historical concepts and critical thinking, as well as practical guidance on translating principles into engaging classroom approaches, this is an essential reference for both pre-service and in-service history teachers and educators.

    Acronyms and abbreviations
    Preface: Understanding history and the history classroom
    1Historical consciousness and the Australian Curriculum
    2Understanding the Australian Curriculum: History
    3A primary history perspective on the Australian Curriculum
    4Scholarly historical practice and disciplinary method
    5The role of questions and sources in promoting historical thinking
    6Developing your approach to teaching history
    7Teaching empathy and the critical examination of historical evidence
    8The nature of values and why they matter in the teaching and learning of history
    9The value of direct teaching and historical knowledge
    10Inquiry approaches to assessment in the history classroom
    11Social history in the classroom
    12Teacher talk within the history classroom
    13Personalised narratives of war and teaching engaging history
    14Using fiction to develop higher-order historical understanding
    15Drama pedagogy in the teaching of history
    16Integrating filmic pedagogies into the teaching and learning cycle
    17Using websites to develop historical thinking
    18Digital technology in the primary classroom
    19History teaching and the museum
    20Classroom perspectives on Australia's contact history
    21Approaches to teaching Aboriginal history and politics
    22Teaching citizenship in the history classroom
    23Navigating professional identity as a teacher of history


    Tim Allender is Professor and Chair of History and Curriculum at the University of Sydney and has taught preparing history teachers for over 20 years. He has published on history curriculum issues and has held an ARC Discovery grant that looked into classroom history practice. Anna Clark is a Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has written extensively in the field of history education and historical consciousness. Robert Parkes is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Newcastle and convenor of the HERMES History Education Research Network. He is also the founding editor of Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education.

    'Among the best contemporary resources for pre-service and early career teachers of history in Australian schools' - Australian Historical Studies