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Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School

A companion to school experience, 4th Edition

By Terry Haydn, Alison Stephen, James Arthur, Martin Hunt


345 pages

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'An excellent companion to Learning to Teach in Secondary School … 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

‘This book is without question the standard text for the history PGCE market.’ – Dr Ian Davies, University of York, on the first edition.


Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School provides an accessible introduction to teaching and learning history at secondary level. Underpinned by a theoretical perspective and backed up by the latest research, it encourages student teachers to develop a personal approach to teaching history.

This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated for the new curriculum, with a brand new chapter on subject knowledge and a new section on action research to better support those reflecting on and developing their own practice. It provides an array of references and materials that give a sound theoretical foundation for the teaching of history, including weblinks to further resources, while a range of tasks will enable students to put their learning into practice in the classroom. Practical advice is combined with reference and access to a wide range of recent and relevant research in the field of history education, to support Masters Level research and aid reflective practice.

Key issues covered include:

  • The benefits of learning history
  • Planning
  • The use of language and strategies for teaching
  • Inclusion
  • Technology in history teaching
  • Assessment
  • Continuing professional development

Offering comprehensive and accessible support to becoming a history teacher, this book remains an invaluable resource for all training and newly qualified history teachers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The purposes and benefits of learning history 3. Subject knowledge 4. Planning for learning 5. Teaching strategies and the use of language 6. Developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of history as a body of knowledge 7. Developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of history as a form of knowledge 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

About the Authors

Terry Haydn is Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Alison Stephen is Head of History at Abraham Moss School, Manchester, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary