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Principles for Making Curricula in History

by Ernest Horn - 1915

In this article the writer has attempted to apply to history the general principles for making a curriculum given by Professor McMurry on pp. 1-10 of this number of the RECORD. The first step in making the course of study in history is to determine the nature and importance of its uses in life outside the school. This task, in the case of history, is particularly difficult, not only because the uses are very numerous, but because they differ widely in kind. Accordingly, it is not surprising that much divergence of opinion should be found concerning the character and value of the contribution of history to the purposes of the school. Some people, indeed, have gone so far as to deny the desirability of retaining history in the elementary curriculum at all. These individuals display the fact that for them history has a particular function, and that this particular function does not seem important enough to be given a place in the school. Similarly, those who insist upon a particular organization, or upon a particular method of presentation seem to have in mind only one of the several important functions. These brief statements will serve to show the importance of discovering, if possible, what are the actual uses to which history is put.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 16 Number 4, 1915, p. 357-357
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6166, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 5:21:06 PM

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