Originally published in 1967, this book represents the late Professor Brown’s twin skills as historian and as educationalist at their best. It is one of a series of books which he edited, and which was offered to Africa teachers in training. The series was designed to help those who were called upon to teach the many subjects of the primary school curriculum or two or more subjects with the junior forms of secondary schools. It is dedicated to the proposition that giving a good basic education to a country’s children is vital to its development programme. Godfrey Brown’s book starts with a discussion of the place and purpose of history in education – why do we teach it to children? He then describes methods of teaching language skills in history, observation and (at some length) social development through history. He ends with The History of the Future and two practical appendices listing where the African teacher of history could obtain useful teaching material.
Table of Contents
1. The Inevitable Subject 2. The Kind of Help 3. Prescribing the Help 4. An Introduction to Methodology 5. Language Skills in History 6. Observation Through History 7. Social Development Through History 8. Further Social Development Through History 9. The History of the Future. Appendices: A. History Societies in Africa B. Museums in Africa C. Books to Help the Teacher. Index.
Godfrey N. Brown