Recognizing and Addressing the Barriers to Adolescents' "Reading Like Historians"

Nokes, Jeffery D.
May 2011
History Teacher;May2011, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p379
Academic Journal
The article examines problems associated with the method of teaching history which calls for teachers to have adolescent students read primary and secondary source materials using the same methodologies used by history scholars. Using evidence related to the world view, knowledge base, and cognitive development of adolescents, the article argues this approach to teaching history will result in only a minimal gain in student learning. Methods of teaching history based on cognitive constructivism and socio-cultural theory are explored. Other topics include the scaffolding method, lessons based on historical inquiry, and historians' heuristics.


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