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Issues and Research

Using material culture—whether a building, a historic artifact, or even a photograph—engages the senses and enhances learning by making history tangible. Find out how the use of artifacts can shape students' understanding of U.S. history! 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, baby birds' eyes are open!, 2007, The Shifted Librarian, Flickr, cc

Teaching historical thinking, beyond the facts, results in higher achievement [...] »

Photography, Liz Whittaker Telling Stories, 25 July 2008, Jacob Whittaker, Flick

What stories do elementary school students tell about the past? Read this [...] »

Photo, globes, December 30, 2005, tuppus, Flickr

Historical thinking forces students to confront the uncertain status of [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

Photo, I <3 digital, July 23, 2008, Rafiq Phillips, Flickr, creative commons

Instant updating? Access inequality? Experts weigh the pros and cons. [...] »

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

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

Poster, Yanks in Germany want more books, 1918-1923, C.B. Falls, LoC

Is historical fiction an effective emotional hook, a distraction from the facts [...] »

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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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