Teaching History (K-12 Edition)

Here’s a podcast from the Way of Improvement Leads Home website. It’s about teaching history in the K-12 age group–well, at least that’s what’s advertised. I’m not so sure.

The podcast’s description says, “Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling talk about teaching historical thinking to K-12 students.  They discuss pedagogy, the Common Core, and the role of history in a STEM focused educational climate. Their guest is Sam Wineburg, professor of education at Stanford University and author of Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts.  Wineburg shares his impassioned opinions on history education.”

One would think that with this description and the title there would be some information giving details about how to teach history. It doesn’t. It basically talks about philosophy of teaching history and an overview of history teaching over time. It also talks about history as a discipline. If one is looking for practical information for teachers, it’s not here.

That’s not to say it’s not worthwhile. It is. I found the discussion to be interesting and very useful in clarifying my own thinking about history as a field of study.

Episode 4: Teaching History (K-12 Edition)



  1. Jimmy Dick · · Reply

    John has a very good book on the subject named Why Study History? http://www.amazon.com/Why-Study-History-Reflecting-Importance/dp/0801039657/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462543800&sr=8-1&keywords=why+study+history%3F
    It is a good book and covers more on how to teach history. Sam works with a group at Stanford called the Stanford History Education Group that covers this as well. http://sheg.stanford.edu/

    James Smith had a very good course on this via Coursera a few years ago. It really got into the teaching of history. https://www.coursera.org/course/teachinghist

    1. Why Study History? has been on my list of books to get for awhile now.

  2. Thanks for the publicity, Al. (I think). Glad you enjoyed the podcast!

    1. You’re very welcome, John.

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