Collaboration and the Future of Education
Preserving the Right to Think and Teach Historically
Routledge – 2015 – 184 pages
Series: Routledge Research in Education
Current educational reforms have given rise to various types of "educational Taylorism", which encourage the creation of efficiency models in pursuit of a unified way to teach. In history education curriculum, this has been introduced through scripted textbook-based programs such as Teacher Curriculum Institute’s History Alive! and completely online curricula. They include the jargon of authentic methods, such as primary sources, cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, and access to technology; yet the craft of teaching is removed, and an experience that should be marked by discovery and reflection is replaced with comparatively empty processes.
This volume will provide systematic models and examples of ways that history teachers can compete with and effectively halt this transformation. The alternatives presented by the authors are based on collaborative models that address the art of teaching for pre-service and practicing secondary history teachers as well as collegiate history educators. Relying on original research, both qualitative and quantitative, and a maturing body of secondary literature on historical thinking, this book will illuminate how collaboration can create real historical learning.
Introduction 1. History Alive! is History Dead 2. Crossing the Educational Rubicon: Collaboration as a Model for Change 3. Teaching American History and the Classroom Connection 4. Historiography in the High School Classroom 5. Students and Historiography 6. Alternative Education Historiography and Historical Thinking 7. Pre-Service Teachers Using Historiography as a Pedagogy 8. Teachers and Historiography 9. What We Can Learn from the National History Teachers of the Year? 10. A Collaborative Model for Assessing Teachers
Gordon P. Andrews is Assistant Professor of History at Grand Valley State University, MI.
Wilson J. Warren is Professor of History at Western Michigan University, MI.
James P. Cousins is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History at Western Michigan University, MI.