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Teaching big history

Author: Richard B Simon; Mojgan Behmand; Thomas Burke
Publisher: ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Simon; Mojgan Behmand; Thomas Burke
ISBN: 9780520283541 0520283546 9780520283558 0520283554
OCLC Number: 945977604
Description: xvi, 426 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations List of Tables Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE: THE CASE FOR BIG HISTORY 1. What Is Big History?--Richard B. Simon 2. Big History and the Goals of Liberal Education--Mojgan Behmand 3. Summer Institutes: Collective Learning as Meta-Education--Thomas Burke 4. Assessing Big History Outcomes: Or, How to Make Assessment Inspiring--Mojgan Behmand 5. Big History at Other Institutions--Mojgan Behmand, Esther Quaedackers, and Seohyung Kim PART TWO: A PRACTICAL PEDAGOGY FOR TEACHING BIG HISTORY 6. Teaching Complexity in a Big History Context--Richard B. Simon 7. Teaching Threshold 1: The Big Bang--Richard B. Simon 8. Teaching Threshold 2: The Formation of Stars and Galaxies--Kiowa Bower 9. Teaching Threshold 3: Heavier Chemical Elements and the Life Cycle of Stars--Richard B. Simon 10. Teaching Threshold 4: The Formation of Our Solar System and Earth--Neal Wolfe 11. Teaching Threshold 5: The Evolution of Life on Earth--James Cunningham 12. Teaching Threshold 6: The Rise of Homo sapiens--Cynthia Taylor 13. Teaching Threshold 7: The Agrarian Revolution--Martin Anderson 14. Teaching Threshold 8: Modernity and Industrialization--Richard B. Simon 15. Threshold 9? Teaching Possible Futures--Martin Anderson, J. Daniel May, Richard B. Simon, Neal Wolfe, Kiowa Bower, Philip Novak, and Debbie Daunt 16. Reflective Writing in the Big History Course--Jaime Castner 17. Activities for Multiple Thresholds 18. Igniting Critical Curiosity: Fostering Information Literacy through Big History--Ethan Annis, Amy Gilbert, Anne Reid, Suzanne Roybal, and Alan Schut 19. A Little Big History of Big History--Cynthia Stokes Brown PART THREE: BIG HISTORY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS 20. Big History at Dominican: An Origin Story--Philip Novak 21. Teaching Big History or Teaching about Big History? Big History and Religion--Harlan Stelmach 22. The Case for Awe--Neal Wolfe Conclusion Annotated Bibliography of Big History Texts and Resources List of Contributors Index
Responsibility: edited by Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand, and Thomas Burke

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Big History is a new field on a grand scale. This title tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology,  Read more...

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