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Teaching History Creatively

2nd Edition

Edited by Hilary Cooper


184 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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The fully updated second edition of Teaching History Creatively introduces teachers to the wealth of available approaches to historical enquiry, ensuring creative, effective learning. This book clearly sets out the processes of historical enquiry, demonstrating how these are integrally linked with key criteria of creativity and helps readers to employ those features of creativity in the classroom. Underpinned by theory and research, it offers informed and practical support and is illustrated throughout with examples of children’s work. Key themes addressed include:

  • investigating sources
  • using archives in your own research project
  • becoming historical agents and history detectives
  • drama for exploring events
  • myths and legends
  • communicating historical understanding creatively.

With brand new chapters from the Stone Ages to the Iron Age, using prehistoric sources; The withdrawal of the Romans and the conquest and settlement of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons, in addition to many new case studies, this exciting edition puts an emphasis on accessible, recent research, new evidence and interpretations and encourages the creative dynamism of the study of history. Teaching History Creatively provides vivid and rich examples of the creative use of sources, of approaches to understanding chronology and concepts of time and of strategies to create interpretations. It is an essential purchase for any teacher or educator who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching history in their classroom.

Table of Contents

Part I The Essential Integration of History and Creativity 1. Why Must Teaching and Learning in History be creative? Hilary Cooper 2. Supporting Creative learning in History Hilary Cooper Part II Creative Approaches to Aspects of Historical Enquiry 3. Investigating Activities Using Sources at Key Stage One Penelope Harnett and Sarah Whitehouse 4. Creative Teaching and learning using prehistoric sources: changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age Jon Nichol 5. Creativity and challenging sources: King Arthur and the Anglo Saxon Settlement of Britain c. 400-600 Jon Nichol 6. Using Artefacts and Written Sources Creatively Hugh Moore 7. Using Archives Creatively Sue Temple 8. Creative Approaches to Time and Chronology Hugh Moore with Rachel Angus, Caitlin Brady, Caitlin Bates and Caron Murgatroyd 9. Creativity, and historical investigation: pupils in role as history detectives ( pro historians) and as historical agents Jon Nichol 10. Using creative drama approaches for the teaching of history Cherry Dodwell 11. Creativity, connectivity and interpretation Jon Nichol 12. Creative exploration of local, national and global Links Penelope Harnett and Sarah Whitehouse 13. The Awakening of Creativity: history is now Hilary Cooper

About the Editor

Hilary Cooper is Professor of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria, UK

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities