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Teaching History with Museums

Strategies for K-12 Social Studies

By Alan S. Marcus, Jeremy D. Stoddard, Walter W. Woodward

© 2012 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Teaching History with Museums provides an introduction and overview of the rich pedagogical power of museums. In this comprehensive textbook, the authors show how museums offer a sophisticated understanding of the past and develop habits of mind in ways that are not easily duplicated in the classroom. Using engaging cases to illustrate accomplished history teaching through museum visits, this text provides pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, and museum educators with ideas for successful visits to artifact and display-based museums, historic forts, living history museums, memorials, monuments, and other heritage sites. Each case is constructed to be adapted and tailored in ways that will be applicable to any classroom and encourage students to think deeply about museums as historical accounts and interpretations to be examined, questioned, and discussed.


"One of the great voids in museum education is a book showing how teachers think about working with history museums. This is that book."

--Kate Steinway, Executive Director, Connecticut Historical Society

"A well-organized and theoretically-grounded volume featuring how to teach the history around us with museums, monuments, memorials, and historical places. Rich in practical methods."

--Stephen J. Thornton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the College of Education, University of South Florida

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Teaching History with Museums

Chapter 3 – Artifact and Display Based Museums: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Chapter 4 – State History Museums: The Minnesota History Center

Chapter 5 – Historic Forts: The Fort at No. 4 and Fort Ticonderoga

Chapter 6 – Historic House Museums: The Johnson County Historical Society and the Mark Twain House

Chapter 7 – Living History Museums: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown

Chapter 8 - Memorials & Monuments: The Memorials and Monuments of 9/11

Chapter 9 – Bringing the Museum to the Classroom: Outreach Programs, Museum Kits, and Virtual Resources

Appendix A – Top Ten Strategies for Effective Museum Visits

Appendix B – Complete List of Museums Discussed In the Book

Appendix C – Resources

About the Authors

Alan Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut.

Jeremy Stoddard is a former middle school teacher and curriculum and technology professional development specialist. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at The College of William & Mary.

Walter W. Woodward is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Connecticut and is the Connecticut State Historian.

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