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Experimental Work in Elementary Schools: Teaching Children How to Study History


by George Edward Marker - 1904

A class of sixth grade pupils of the Speyer School, averaging in age twelve and one-half years, was placed in my charge for a period of ten weeks. Part of the time we were limited to four periods a week, each recitation period being thirty-five minutes in length. Later, we were given five such periods per week. Owing to the number of daily recitations outlined for these pupils, I deemed it advisable to assign very little work outside of the regular recitation period. My work with this class was to consist of two parts. First, I was to continue the teaching of that portion of American history, which deals with the early struggles in our national life. Second, I was to assist the children in the formation of right habits of study, so that they might in the future study their history lessons intelligently, without the supervision of a teacher. As only the second phase of the work is to be considered in this paper, the method of teaching the history will not be discussed, except in so far as it assists in the illustration of the points under consideration.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 3, 1904, p. 20-33
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9799, Date Accessed: 10/18/2019 12:12:41 AM

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