Historical Thinking

Historical Thinking - She felt that history should be fact...

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Brianne McClellan HIST 385 01 “Historical Thinking” 9/14/2010 According the authors historical thinking is not natural or automatic. Wineburg says that it is an unnatural way of thinking because it goes against the way we normally think. Wineburg says that this is why it is much easier to remember historical facts versus historical meanings and ideas. Derek, a student in an AP class, was Wineburg’s first case study. While an excellent reader, Derek did not learn much from the documents. He could recall facts and even some ideas but these documents did not cause him to do any further thinking. Colleen was the second case study. She was a teacher from Minnesota and like Derek, saw history as matter of fact.
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Unformatted text preview: She felt that history should be fact based rather than based upon emotion and experiences. Bob Alston was Wineburg’s third case study. Bob was a white, middle class Americanist. He was a professor who knew as little as he needed to in order to get though teaching his courses. What he did not know he tried to avoid as much as possible. The unnatural nature of historical thinking can cause problems for teachers. It can cause problems if the teacher is not able or willing to learn things deeper than base facts in order to better teach the class. It can also cause problems because students may not be able or willing to learn and think deeper than specific facts rather than ideas....
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2010 for the course HIST 385 taught by Professor Glade during the Fall '10 term at St. Cloud.

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