Practical demonstration: powerful and rigorous history teaching for all

Teaching History article

By Ian Luff, published 7th July 2023

Powerful and rigorous history teaching for all

In this article, Ian Luff returns to the theme of ‘practical demonstration’ which he developed in three articles twenty years ago. Luff restates his original rationale for the enduring power of the approach, advances some new reasons why history teachers should give serious attention to it and shares several practical examples for readers to use with their classes. Using accounts of the cognitive science of memory, he reflects on why practical demonstration has such power for giving inclusive access to aspects of history which are difficult and demanding. Luff also tackles some common misconceptions about the purposes and impact of these techniques...

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