Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century

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In 1962, the American Historical Association published a detailed examination of the state of graduate history education in the United States. Addressing such issues as the supply and demand for teachers, student recruitment, and the best training for advanced degrees, the report set a benchmark against which to judge the study of history. Four decades later, with a substantial grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the AHA has returned to these issues. The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century documents the remarkable conclusions of this new study. Both the American academy and the study of history have been dramatically transformed since the original investigation, but doctoral programs in history have barely changed. This report explains why and offers concrete, practical recommendations for improving graduate education. The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century stands as the first exploration of graduate training for historians in more than forty years and the best available study of doctoral education in any major academic discipline.
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Report and Recommendations
We Historians
Defining Who We Are
The Golden Age Legacy
Historical Perspective
The Future of the Discipline
Education for the Future
Generational Succession in the Academy
Public and Private Universities
The Challenge
Necessary Discussions
Departmental Culture
Departmental Mission and Program Requirements
Field Examinations
Language Study
Introductory Course
Interdisciplinarity and Theory
World History
Undergraduate Education and the Education of Teachers
Common Education, Plural Careers
Directors of Graduate Studies and Graduate Administrators
Professionalism and Premature Professionalization
Program Size, Funding, and Diversity
Graduate Assistants and Unions
Foreign Area Studies
New Technologies
Centers for Teaching Excellence
Preparing Future Faculty
Publication and Tenure
The Matrix of Responsibilities
The American Historical Association
Program Size
Program Information and Recruitment
Master's Degree and Doctoral Education
Director of Graduate Studies, Placement Officer, and Staff Support
Annual Review
Retention and Attrition
Grievance Procedures
A Space of Their Own
Intellectual Community
Dissertation Seminars
Preparation for Teaching
Professional Ethics and Practices
The American Historical Association
The National Shape of Doctoral Education: A Survey of Graduate Programs
A Preliminary Sounding
Careers in Transition
(Mis)communication between Faculty and Graduate Students
Consultations with the Discipline
List of Respondents to the Graduate Program Survey
Survey Instrument and Numerical Results, AHA Survey of Doctoral Programs in History (Spring 2001)
Selected Bibliography on Graduate Training and Historians
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