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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

Woodcut, The Triumph of Julius Caesar, 1598, Andrea Andreani, LOC

Do students interpret third-person narratives written by anonymous authors [...] »

Photo, "Employee of an Auto Emission. . . ," 1975, Lyntha Eiler, Flickr Commons

It's not enough to say that something has happened. Explaining why is nearly as [...] »

Photo, Sòcrates (bust grec), January 6, 2003, Sebastia Girait, Flickr

What does a curriculum designed to foster historical understanding and thinking [...] »

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Topics issues in history education

Photo, Advanced Placement, May 1, 2009, eddieisflying, Flickr, creative commons

What impact do AP history courses have? Do they give eager students an [...] »

Photo, 070305, March 5, 2007,  COCOEN daily photos, Flickr

How can they be used? Should they be used? [...] »

Print, "Ladies Home Journal," 1931, George Eastman House, Flickr Commons

It's all about content, but do history teachers and historians need the same [...] »

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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.