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Facing history and ourselves : an instructional tool for constructivist theory

Author: Barbara Z Presseisen; Francine S Beyer; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Research for Better Schools, Inc. ; [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Educational Resources Information Center, [1994]
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : National government publication : Microfiche : English
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This paper presents a study using "Facing History and Ourselves," an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge development that focuses on the period of Nazi totalitarianism as a powerful case study through which teachers can stimulate moral reasoning and develop critical thinking skills in their students. The program encourages teenage students to learn about this particular historical period in depth while at the  Read more...
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Named Person: Margot Stern Strom
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Z Presseisen; Francine S Beyer; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 32443842
Notes: Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
Shipping list no.: 95-0313-M.
Reproduction Notes: Microfiche. [Washington, D.C.] : Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1995]. 1 microfiche.
Description: 1 volume
Responsibility: Barbara Z. Presseisen and Francine S. Beyer.

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This paper presents a study using "Facing History and Ourselves," an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge development that focuses on the period of Nazi totalitarianism as a powerful case study through which teachers can stimulate moral reasoning and develop critical thinking skills in their students. The program encourages teenage students to learn about this particular historical period in depth while at the same time recognizing the causes and consequences of prejudice, racism, and violence in the present society. The questions that were explored in this study are: (1) how can teachers apply the theory of a constructionist conception of education to the instruction of domains of knowledge that are the very substance of the school's program? And (2) how would one best prepare teachers and students for their new constructivist roles in the classroom? It was decided to address these questions by examining an established teacher development program that advocates the general constructivist conception in its ongoing work. The focus of the examination was to find out what is required to develop classroom activities that are constructive in meaning for students in this program and, at the same time, to determine what learning and instructional aspects need to be attended to in designing successful classroom experiences. A model lesson was designed for use in eighth grade classes. A lesson plan, visual examples packet, and examples of completed homework assignments are included. Contains 17 references. (Dk).

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