Teaching World History as Mystery

ISBN-10: 0415992257

ISBN-13: 9780415992251

Edition: 2011

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Teaching World History as Mystery offers a philosophy, methodology, and examples for history instruction that is active, imaginative, and provocative. A series of balanced case studies engages instructors and students in teaching and learning world history as mystery. The text is designed to draw readers into the detective process that characterizes the work of professional historians and social scientists, sharing raw data, defining terms, building interpretations, and testing competing theories as ways of stimulating interest, building critical self-confidence, and promoting reasoning and judgment.
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

David Gerwin is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Queens College in New York. A former high school history teacher in Maryland and history professor in Connecticut, he has sought out endeavors that combine historical scholarship and teacher professional development, including collaborations with the American Social History Project, Working Films, and most recently with the New York Historical Society on grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History program.

Figures, Text Excerpts, and Sources
World History in Poetry
The History of the World
Teaching World History as Mystery
The Problems of Teaching World History: The "Blinders"
Perspectives for Teaching the World: The "Embracers"
Three Structures for Teaching World History as Mystery
Creating a Sense of Mystery about the World
Levels of Mystery in History
Techniques for Turning History into Mystery
Themes/Big Ideas in Teaching the World
Issues in Teaching the World
Approaches to Teaching the World
Eternal Values and Moral Relativism
References and Further Reading
Looking at World History Anew
Inviting Inquiry in World History
World History Organizations
Rethinking Views of the World
Developments in World History Courses
Frameworks to Teach World History
Checking it Out: Big Questions in Teaching World History
References and Further Reading
Stones that Speak: Of Megaliths and Monoliths
The Mysterious Stone "Henges" of Europe
The Past as Baggage
Background: The Stone Makers and Earth Movers of Neolithic Europe
What the Stones Tell Us
Teacher's Background Information: Theories of Stonehenge
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
Rome Lasts! A Mystery of Durability and Power
Plan of Action
The Economy of Empire
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
Mythlabeled? Or, Creating the Crusades
Viewing the Present through the Lenses of the Past, Viewing the Past through Historical Lenses
Should We Speak of the Crusades?
How Should We Teach the Crusades?
The Crusades in the Present
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
The Possibilities for Pizza: A Search for Origins
Background Information and the Problem of Defining Terms
Mysterious Pizza
References and Further Reading
Incas and Spaniards
How Do you Decide on Authenticity in History?
A Real Mystery in Pictures and Passages
Plan of Action
Historians' Views
Evaluating Historians' Views
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
Secrets of Secret Societies
Defining a Secret Society
Using the Mystery Packet
The Secret Societies (For your Eyes Only!)
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
Where are the Women in World History?
Mysteries in the History of Women
Plan of Action for Women in World History
Steps and Strategies
Choosing Examples
Using the Examples
Applying Theories and Explanations to (the Lack of) Women in World History
Theories Explaining (the Lack of) Women in World History
References and Further Reading
Finding Mysteries Everywhere: Sources, Resources, and Outright Fabrications
A Note of Caution about the Wonders and Pitfalls of the World Wide Web
Why History Should Be Problematic
Asking Mystery Questions: Big Questions and Small Questions
Questions that Look at the Past in a New Way
Finding Mystery in Everyday History
Content and Corroboration: Sources, Checking Authenticity, and "Cleaned Up" Entries
Summary and Conclusions
References and Further Reading
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