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.
Category: May-June 2011
Why and how to teach Indian History
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A city and its culture
An enthusiastic teacher goes to great lengths to bring a city and its culture alive to students in the course of a History lesson.
From puppetry to shadow work, folk theatre and melas, a class 8 history project took on hues that became a live learning experience. Drama ceased to be an extra-curricular activity and became an educational tool, creating magic for all involved.
Delving into ancient India
This article gives a glimpse of the modes of learning that run through the courses in the Social Science Curriculum of the Centre for Learning.
Rendezvous with the land of Pharaohs
Twenty children experience Egypt through treasure hunts, cooking,painting, and acting. In a seven-day workshop on Egypt, they learn Hieroglyphs, dig out ancient recipes, and get into the shoes of Pharaohs.