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History Teaching Finds

History Teaching Finds

Its Own Voice

(p.112) (p.113) Chapter Six History Teaching Finds
History's Babel
Robert B. Townsend
University of Chicago Press

As as result of the increasing diversity of the students, schools, and other participants in the educational system after 1910, academics gradually felt alienated from the professional aspects of history teaching. In addition, the academic members of the discipline were splitting into separate camps on a number of fundamental issues related to teaching. In late 1910, the American Historical Association (AHA) Council decided to revive and adopt History Teacher’s Magazine, which had suspended operations earlier in the fall, and subsidized its production in exchange for discounted subscriptions for members. Despite its support for the magazine, the AHA’s attention to teaching issues, particularly teacher training, quickly began to drift. Another challenge came from a movement to integrate history into other social science disciplines, lumped together under the umbrella term “social studies.” An AHA committee on “History for Education and Citizenship” conducted a survey to find out how the citizenship issue was being integrated into history instruction at the elementary and high school levels.

Keywords:   history, American Historical Association, history teaching, History Teacher’s Magazine, teacher training, social studies, citizenship

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