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Issues and Research

Teaching history is about more than just relaying facts, dates, and historical narratives. Teachers must also adhere to both state and federal standards and prepare their students for important standardized tests. How exactly does the importance of test preparation affect the quality of teaching on the elementary level? This Roundtable discussion attempts to answer this crucial question. 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, "Question the Answers," May 12, 2009, walknboston, Flickr

Does teaching with primary sources inhibit success on final exams? [...] »

photographic print, Shirley Chisholm, head-and-shoulders portrait, 1965 November

How do factors such as race and ethnicity shape young peoples’ perspectives the [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

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

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

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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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