Interpreting National History

Interpreting National History

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How do studentsa€™ racial identities work with and against teachersa€™ pedagogies to shape their understandings of history and contemporary society? Based on a long-term ethnographic study, Interpreting National History examines the startling differences in black and white students' interpretations of U.S. history in classroom and community settings. Interviews with children and teens compare and contrast the historical interpretations students bring with them to the classroom with those they leave with after a year of teacher's instruction. Firmly grounded in history and social studies education theory and practice, this powerful book: Illuminates how textbooks, pedagogies, and contemporary learning standards are often disconnected from studentsa€™ cultural identities Explores how students and parents interpret history and society in home and community settings Successfully analyzes examples of the challenges and possibilities facing teachers of history and social studies Provides alternative approaches for those who want to examine their own views toward teaching national history and aspire to engage in more culturally responsive pedagogy.The students completed the task at the beginning and end of the year and the teachers at each grade level discussed the ... I also served as a judge for a community organizationa#39;s oratory contest for middle school students which attracted equal numbers of white and black participants. ... of Tomorrowa€ luncheon, a McDonalda#39;s Corporation event which sponsored a regional essay contest for black students.

Title:Interpreting National History
Author: Terrie Epstein
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-04-02

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