Stories and their sources: the need for historical thinking in an information age


By Ben Walsh, published 10th March 2009

Information technology is of no value in itself or by itself: it needs questions to drive it and disciplined forms of thinking to make sense of the answers that it can provide. Inspired by the characterisation of historical thinking that Sam Wineburg set out in Teaching History 129, Ben Walsh looks at ways in which historical thinking can enable pupils to make meaningful use of information technologies and at ways in which new technologies can provide new opportunities to develop pupils' historical thinking...

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