What do you think? Using online forums to improve students' historical knowledge and understanding


By Dave Martin, published 10th March 2009

In Teaching History 126, the Open University's Arguing in History project team demonstrated the power that discussion fora can have to develop pupil thinking. In this article, Dave Martin revisits this theme through a discussion of three inter-school discussion fora that took place in 2007/8. This article reinforces the point that discussion fora can have positive impacts on pupils' historical learning. Dave Martin also provides practical advice about setting up and managing online discussion in ways that maximize participation and learning...

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