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A Guide to Methods and Observation in History Studies in High School Observation   By: (1871-)

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A GUIDE TO METHODS AND OBSERVATION IN HISTORY

STUDIES IN HIGH SCHOOL OBSERVATION

By

CALVIN OLIN DAVIS

Assistant Professor of Education in the University of Michigan

RAND McNALLY & COMPANY NEW YORK CHICAGO

Copyright, 1914 , By Rand, McNally & Company

The Rand McNally Press Chicago

INTRODUCTION

The outlines herewith presented have grown out of the necessities of a course conducted by the writer in the training of teachers in the University of Michigan. The course has been styled "Methods and High School Observations in History." It has been open only to seniors and graduate students who have specialized in history and who expect to teach that subject in high schools. The work has consisted of one class meeting per week for eighteen weeks, and of twenty hour observations of history teaching in the Ann Arbor High School. The outlines, therefore, were designed to serve as a guide to these observations and as a basis for subsequent discussions.

In order that the students might have a deeper appreciation of the meaning of history and the various conceptions that have been held regarding it, and in order that they might possess at least a general knowledge of the place history has occupied in the schools, the elements composing historical events, and the values attributed to historical study, it seemed appropriate to preface the special queries respecting method by some introductory suggestions of a general character. This fact explains the inclusion of such material as is found in the first few pages of the present booklet.

In the hope, therefore, that students of Education in other colleges, universities, and normal schools may find suggestions in the material here brought together, and that teachers in active school work may also receive some practical help therefrom, the writer has been encouraged to place the outlines at the disposal of the public. If they shall prove of service to his colleagues and their students elsewhere, his aim and purpose will be fully met.

CALVIN OLIN DAVIS

University of Michigan April, 1914

THE CONTENTS

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Introduction iii

I. DEFINITIONS 1

II. ASPECTS OF HISTORY 1

III. SOURCE MATERIAL FOR HISTORY 2

IV. CONCEPTIONS OF THE PURPOSE AND CONTENT OF HISTORY 6

V. NOTABLE INFLUENCES AND PERSONS THAT HAVE MODIFIED THE CONCEPTION OF THE MEANING OF HISTORY IN THE LAST CENTURY 7

VI. HISTORY IN THE CURRICULUM 9

VII. VALUE AND AIMS OF HISTORY 11

VIII. ELEMENTS OF HISTORY 18

IX. METHODS OF APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY 22

X. THE PROCESS OF LEARNING HISTORY 23

XI. THE ORGANIZATION OF HISTORY IN HIGH SCHOOLS 25

XII. THE HISTORY TEACHER'S PREPARATION AND EQUIPMENT 26

XIII. THE PUPIL'S PREPARATION AND EQUIPMENT 27

XIV. THE CLASSROOM 28

XV. THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE LESSON 29

XVI. THE STUDY LESSON 30

XVII. THE RECITATION LESSON 31

XVIII. THE REVIEW LESSON 35

XIX. THE LESSON IN CIVICS 35

XX. SOME PRINCIPLES OF HISTORY DOGMATICALLY STATED 36

XXI. SOME POSITIVE GUIDES AND SUGGESTIONS 37

Bibliography on Methods 40

A Selected List of American Historical Fiction 42

A GUIDE TO METHODS AND OBSERVATION IN HISTORY

STUDIES IN HIGH SCHOOL OBSERVATION

I. Definitions.

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