Monday, February 08, 2016

Bob Bain quoted in story in The Atlantic on teaching history

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“A Better Way to Teach History” in The Atlantic looks at different ways of teaching history in ways that are effective, exciting, and productive. Bob Bain is quoted on the ongoing debate over teaching facts versus skills: “You can’t do historical thinking without facts, and you can’t acquire stuff without some sort of historical thinking,” he says. He also advocates for the use of narrative. “The grand narrative is pejorative to many in the historical profession—people say that it tries to inculcate a particular viewpoint in kids. But having a big picture or story is cognitively critical to historical knowledge.” Read the story here.

Bob Bain is Associate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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