A Student of History

April 28, 2006

Spicing Up U.S. History

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 3:54 pm

"Bring show-and-tell to the college classroom? Incorporate field trips into the syllabus? The mere mention would give many professors a good chuckle. But Sallie Shanahan, a history major who expects to graduate from the University of Maryland University College next spring, says these methods – tailored to a college audience – would work."

This is the opening of an article entitled "Spicing Up US History" that can be found here, from Inside Higher Ed website. 

This part is interesting particularly:

Thomas Bender, a history professor at New York University, warned that some professors who teach introductory courses try to be too broad in their syllabi and do their students a disservice by rushing through lectures. He is an advocate of one-semester survey courses where research and interpretation are the focus. Bender said universities should assume students are armed with a basic knowledge of history and shouldn’t “chase [them] away with information they already know.”

But do they really know it?????

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