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Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives


reviewed by Stephen J. Thornton — 2002

coverTitle: Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives
Author(s): Peter N. Stearns, Sam Wineburg & Peter C. Seixas (Eds)
Publisher: New York University Press, New York
ISBN: 0814781411, Pages: 576, Year: 2000
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The editors of this volume—Peter N. Stearns, Peter Seixas, and Sam Wineburg—are described as an historian, an historian and teacher educator, and a cognitive psychologist, respectively. These differing perspectives turn out to be important in how the reader might react to this book. Thus, a brief review of this book presents a conundrum. The book is based on the proceedings of a conference and contains chapters by 22 separate authors. Clearly space does not permit reviewing all 22 chapters, the introduction, section openers, and postlogue. But as even the editors themselves point out, there are "some differences in emphasis" across the chapters (p. 471). My admittedly imperfect solution to this conundrum is to consider the collective impact of the volume, which I assume will be of primary interest to most readers. Reference to individual chapters will only be made to illustrate some broader concern. This book is mainly about research on the study and teaching of history in schools and their ramifications for closely related matters such... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 30-47
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10771, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:35:47 PM

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  • Stephen Thornton
    Teachers College
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    Stephen J. Thornton, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His recent publications include “Subject Specific Teaching Methods,” in Subject-specific Instructional Methods and Activities, ed. Jere Brophy (Oxford: Elsevier Science, 2001) and “Legitimacy in the Social Studies Curriculum,” in Education Across a Century: The Centennial Volume, 100th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Part I, ed. Lyn Corno (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001).
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