5th Edition

Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School A Companion to School Experience

By Terry Haydn, Alison Stephen Copyright 2022
    380 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In some hands, history can be an inspirational and rewarding subject, yet in others it can seem dry and of little relevance. Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School, now in its fifth edition and established as one of the leading texts for all history student teachers, enables you to learn to teach history in a way that pupils will find interesting, enjoyable and purposeful. It incorporates a wide range of ideas about the teaching of history with practical suggestions for classroom practice.

    The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated in the light of recent developments in the field of history education. The book contains chapters on:

    • Purposes and benefits of school history

    • Planning strategies

    • Teaching approaches and methods

    • Developing pupils’ historical understanding

    • Ensuring inclusion

    • New technologies in the history classroom

    • Assessment and examinations

    • Your own continuing professional development

    Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading, weblinks to useful resources and a range of tasks enabling you to put learning into practice in the classroom. Written by experts in the field, Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School offers all training and newly qualified teachers comprehensive and accessible guidance to support the journey towards becoming an inspirational and engaging history teacher.

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    List of tasks

    Website linked to the book


    1. Introduction

    2. The purposes and benefits of school history

    3. Subject knowledge: what do history teachers need to know?

    4. Planning for learning

    5. Teaching approaches and methods: what can you do in a history lesson?

    6. Developing pupils’ historical understanding (1) time, cause, change, similarity and difference, empathy, significance

    7. Developing pupils’ historical understanding (2): interpretation, accounts, evidence, enquiry, substantive concepts

    8. Ensuring inclusion in the history classroom

    9. The use of new technology in the history classroom

    10. Assessment in the history classroom

    11. Teaching for external examinations

    12. Continuing professional development


    Terry Haydn is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia. Before working in teacher education, he worked at an inner-city comprehensive in Manchester.

    Alison Stephen is Director of Humanities at Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester, and has written articles on history teaching for Teaching History.

    Praise for previous editions

    ‘This book is without question the standard text for the history PGCE market.’ – Professor Ian Davies, University of York, UK

    'Full of good ideas and better advice ... Mentors will certainly want to use it, and so, I'm sure, will the rest of the history department ... Make sure they buy one, and keep your copy under lock and key.' – Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement

    'A very well written and readable book. Overall, this is an excellent book and one which students and teachers outwith England would find a valuable addition to their library.' – Scottish Association of Teachers of History, Resources Review