Teaching History Creatively

Edited by Hilary Cooper

© 2013 – Routledge

208 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Fresh and innovative, Teaching History Creatively will foster creativity in both learners and practitioners alike. By introducing teachers to a wealth of available approaches to historical enquiry, this book ensures creative, active and effective learning which includes plenty of challenges, clear goals and opportunity for progression. Underpinned by theory and research, it offers informed and practical support, illustrated throughout by examples of children’s work.

Key themes addressed include:

  • how good history education and creativity are inseparable;
  • investigating sources: archaeology, visits and time capsules;
  • using archives in your own research project;
  • historical agents and history detectives!;
  • drama for exploring events, myths and legends;
  • communicating historical understanding creatively.

Written by experienced authors with extensive experience of history teaching in the primary school, Teaching History Creatively is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.

Table of Contents

Foreword Hilary Cooper Part 1 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 2 Creative Approaches to Aspects of Historical Enquiry 3. Investigating Activities Using Sources Penelope Harnett and Sarah Whitehouse 4. Using Archives Creatively Sue Temple 5. Using Artefacts and Written Sources Creatively Hugh Moore 6. Creative Approaches to Time and Chronology Hugh Moore 7. Creativity, and Historical Investigation: Pupils in role as historical agents and history detectives Jon Nichol 8. Using Creative Drama Approaches for the Teaching of History Cherry Dodwell 9. Creative Communication of Interpretations: History and multi-modality Jon Nichol Part 3 A Broader Perspective of Creativity and History 10. Creative Exploration of Local, National and Global Links Penelope Harnett and Sarah Whitehouse 11. Creative Approaches to Whole School Curriculum Planning Linsey Maginn 12. Awakening Creativity Hilary Cooper

About the Editor

Hilary Cooper is Emeritus 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:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU010000
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDU029050
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities