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Issues and Research

Elementary students typically rely on personal experience to explain the actions of historical figures. However, by utilizing the results of this study, teachers can help young learners excel beyond this basic understanding of historic events. FIND OUT MORE »

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Select individual states for testing and graduation data. Click state name for more detailed information. Data from Report on the State of History Education (2010).

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Research Briefs

Key research in history education

Photo, Taking a Test., November 7, 2009, peruisay, Flickr

What are the connections between student performance on tests and what goes on [...] »

Photography, Sail into History, 11 Sept 2010, F Delventhal, Flickr CC

Use these suggestions to help students write informed historical essays. [...] »

Print, Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation, c.1888, LoC

Two styles of document reading demonstrate what successful readers do to [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

Sculpture, Classroom with Three Figures, 1979 (photographed 28 Nov 2009), Lavern

With so much to teach, what approaches can help frame the course? [...] »

21st Century Skills in the Classroom

Does the learning of history need to be synced to the 21st century? [...] »

Photo, Oregon Trail, September 13, 2007, eyllom, Flickr, creative commons

Can digital games encourage historical thinking, or do they waste valuable [...] »

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Spotlight: Report on History Education

A report on the state of history educationThis report examines history education, primarily at the state level. The updated report includes state policies and national programs as of 2010, including world history requirements and testing.

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