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Celluloid Blackboard: Teaching History with Film


reviewed by Anthony Dralle — June 08, 2007

coverTitle: Celluloid Blackboard: Teaching History with Film
Author(s): Alan S. Marcus
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593115725, Pages: 272, Year: 2006
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Much has been made in recent years of many students’ lack of interest in social studies, and of their poor performance in various measures of U.S. history knowledge. Starting with the 1983 publication, A Nation at Risk, and continuing through various studies conducted by Diane Ravitch, Chester Finn, and their peers, advocates of fact-based history study have argued that American students do not know their history as well as they should.   During the same period of time, researchers including Sam Wineburg (2001), Keith Barton & Linda Levstik (2004) have urged a different approach to improving secondary history education in American public schools. These researchers have rejected a “back to basics” focus emphasizing U.S. history as a consistent story of progress, with information presented primarily by the teacher and the text. Instead, they have suggested that students study history more like historians do: by considering different perspectives and by building a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 08, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14514, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:08:45 AM

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  • Anthony Dralle
    East Carolina University
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    DR. ANTHONY DRALLE is Assistant Professor of History Education at East Carolina University. His most recent publications include What Instructional Technology Skills Should Teachers Possess? in the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Edge, and Online Inservice: Problems and Possibilities, in E-Learn World Conference Proceedings. His current research interests include technological applications and reading strategies in Social Studies education, and expanding online educational opportunities for adult and K-12 students.
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