Class 02: Historical Significance Intro

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Class Outline

  1. “History of Me” Activity + Reflection
  2. Group Brainstorm: What makes something significant in history?
  3. Research says…: How educators + historians define significance in history
  4. Set up for next class: Textbooks + Significance
  5. Create our class Spotify playlist:

Citations for “Research says…”

Lis Cercadillo, “Significance in History: Students’ Ideas in England and Spain,” in Raising Standards in History Education, ed. Alaric Dickinson, Peter Gordon, and Peter Lee (London; Portland, OR: Woburn Press, 2001), 116–45.

Christine Counsell, “Looking through a Josephine-Butler-Shaped Window: Focusing Pupils’ Thinking on Historical Significance,” Teaching History, no. 114 (2004): 30–33.

Delia Wen Xian Foo, “Students’ Understanding of Historical Significance – a Singapore Case Study” (University of British Columbia, 2014), (For Partington list)

Robert Philips, “Historical Significance – the Forgotten ‘Key Element’?,” Teaching History, no. 106 (2002): 14–19.

Peter Seixas and Tom Morton, The Big Six: Historical Thinking Concepts (Nelson Education, 2013).