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May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]

This article provides an idea of history as a discipline and as a specialized subject, and also suggests ways in which this subject can be introduced to children.

May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]

It is a paradox that in a land so rich in History, there is a great contempt for the subject among students. One reason is the mechanical rote learning system, and the other is the chronological approach in pedagogy. The author explains how we can have a readymade blueprint for a meaningful pedagogy of history in our country.

May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on Beyond subject boundaries | ]

History essentially is a study of change. It is about making students aware of the changes taking place all around (and within) and at every moment. Once the students understand that change is a constant, it is easy for them to understand that the present is different from the past, that the present will change into the future.

May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on A case for a laboured approach | ]

In this article, the author recommends books and methods which can help teachers fruitfully engage with the textbooks and indeed go beyond them.

May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on The Freedom Movement: Catch the pulse | ]

Why is it necessary to teach children about the freedom movement? The answer is that any united effort, any willing sacrifice that has strenghtened national unity needs to be taught to inspire young minds and instil in them values.

May-June 2011, The idea of History »

[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on The North-East: Off the map? | ]

The north east of India does not find itself represented in the national narrative. This article analyses the reasons behind this state of affairs.

September/October 2004 »

[23 Jun 2004 | 5 Comments | ]

Lakshmi Rameshwar Rao We learn more than we realize from stories, both fact and fiction. So what better way to learn about days past and lands far away than through the stories of those who have been there? Travelogues provide important insights into the details of historical times as this article reveals. Travellers provide a […]

May/June 2002 »

[23 May 2002 | Comments Off on Reading into history | ]

Lakshmi Rameshwar Rao Most subject teachers handle reading as a process of acquiring information about the subject. But there is much more to reading – subject teachers too can help students discover the joys of reading, with little extra effort. A history teacher shares her experiences. Efficient reading skills turn children into students, but subject […]

May/June 2000 »

[23 May 2000 | Comments Off on Reliving the past | ]

Learning history means much more than just recollecting facts, figures and dates. In this article, we suggest some ideas to help you take your students into the past and give them an unforgettable experience in assimilating lessons in history with a lot of enthusiasm. To most of us, history is just about recapitulating facts by […]

May/June 1998 »

[23 May 1998 | Comments Off on Gates to the land of history | ]

K Vidya Have you often found yourself wondering how exactly to make a history lesson interesting and relevant to your students? Suggested in this update is a way to help children comprehend the basics of history by interacting with the old and learning through a process of analogy. The question as to how history should […]