Dr. Arthur Chapman
How can students get better at history using analogy and a fictional story? Analogy can help students develop a thorough knowledge about the past, of how history works as a way of making sense of the world, and an ability to argue and organise their ideas. This strategy has proved very popular with students and teachers can try this out in their own history class.
Can teachers practice a pedagogy that allows them to participate, with their students, in the whole process of learning what the discipline of history offers? This way teachers and students learn how to read, engage, examine, analyze, question, challenge and theorize about the past as well as theories about the past.
Subha Das Mollick and Deborina Roy
This article highlights how a summer project done in 2021 titled ‘Tracing your roots’ formed the stepping stone to a bigger project on migration. Being a research project, students went out of their way to learn more about their city and the different influences that migratory populations can bring in.
Teaching history in a country with diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions, and languages can be intimidating or even complicated. Each region has its own history. Merely narrating the past as a story may not help develop historical consciousness. Apart from this, there is also a common history that all people share as a nation. Teachers also need to find a way to progress from knowing about others to being together in one nation.
History and mathematics can evoke strong and extreme reactions though for different reasons. This article suggests how anecdotes from the history of mathematics can be used to enrich the understanding of students and make math more meaningful to them. Actually, the article can provide a chance for history and math teachers to collaborate and make both subjects enjoyable.
An interesting article on the many activities which a teacher can come up with that will actually help in the engagement of learners at different stages of learning history.
If teachers/readers are in a mood for a good read, then this article opens up several vistas on how education for girls started, the pitfalls and successes, the long and arduous journey and the women who made it to the goalpost.
‘The many histories of modern India’ is a comprehensive course which attempts to explore multiple histories and perspectives of the modern period based on primary and secondary sources, the modern period stretching from 1857 to 1947. The course curated by the author helps students get an understanding of how a perusal of a time in history through image, voice, and writing can make it come alive as seen through the lens of multiple perspectives. This article presents selections from the content and process of the course.