Harnessing the power of community to expand students’ historical horizons

Teaching History article

By Will Bailey-Watson and Richard Kennett, published 1st October 2019

‘Meanwhile, elsewhere…’:

Many history teachers will already be familiar with ‘meanwhile, elsewhere...’, a website offering freely downloadable homework resources on individuals, events and developments in world history. In this article the website’s creators, Richard Kennett and Will Bailey-Watson, set out a curricular rationale for the project. They argue that using homework tasks to introduce pupils to concurrent events can help to better integrate world history into the curriculum by making it possible to build meaningful links between different topics. In doing so they also show how widening pupils’ geographical perspective on a period can sharpen their historical thinking by giving them a broader frame of reference and thus more points of comparison.

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