Interpreting National History

Interpreting National History

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How do studentsa€™ racial identities work with and against teachersa€™ pedagogies to shape their understandings of history and contemporary society? Based on a long-term ethnographic study, Interpreting National History examines the startling differences in black and white students' interpretations of U.S. history in classroom and community settings. Interviews with children and teens compare and contrast the historical interpretations students bring with them to the classroom with those they leave with after a year of teacher's instruction. Firmly grounded in history and social studies education theory and practice, this powerful book: Illuminates how textbooks, pedagogies, and contemporary learning standards are often disconnected from studentsa€™ cultural identities Explores how students and parents interpret history and society in home and community settings Successfully analyzes examples of the challenges and possibilities facing teachers of history and social studies Provides alternative approaches for those who want to examine their own views toward teaching national history and aspire to engage in more culturally responsive pedagogy.The luncheon hosted all eleventh graders in the greater Detroit area who wrote an essay on a€œHow I Plan to Make an Impact on Black History. ... One student from a Detroit public high school wrote about becoming an architect or urban planner to a€œturn the citya#39;s empty lots ... She wanted to start an Institute of Black Studies and write a United States history textbook that treated black history comprehensively.

Title:Interpreting National History
Author: Terrie Epstein
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-04-02

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