Diversity in the past

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  • Diversity in the past: Section Guide

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    The materials in this section are all focused on the choices that teachers have to make about the substantive content of their curriculum. The diversity that all students encounter within the past – the range of specific individuals and groups of people about whom they learn – and the ways...

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  • Triumphs Show: Keeping the 1960s complicated

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    During her PGCE year, it became evident to Rachel Coleman just how much pupils struggled with the complicated nature of history. They were troubled in particular by the lack of definitive answers, by the range of perspectives that might be held at the time of a particular event or development...

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  • Cunning Plan... for teaching the industrial revolution

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    ‘Disastrous and terrible.’ For Arnold Toynbee, the historian who gave us the phrase ‘industrial revolution’, these three words sum up the period of dramatic technological change that took place in Britain across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We may not habitually use Toynbee’s description in the classroom, but it is...

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  • Why are you wearing a watch?

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    Frustrated by the traditional narrative of the industrial revolution as a steady march of progress, and disappointed by her students’ dull and deterministic statements about historical change, Hannah Sibona decided to complicate the tidy narrative of continual improvement. Inspired by an article by E.P. Thompson, Sibona reflected that introducing her...

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  • ‘Like a really good book and you want to know more’: involving students in historical enquiries at Key Stage 3

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2017 in Manchester. Abdul Mohamud and Robin Whitburn, Justice to History This is a good time to reconsider Key Stage 3 schemes of work in the light of changes in GCSE and A-level examination courses. Students tell us that well-sequenced...

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  • ‘Cherishe ye Calais better than it is’: aliens and migrants in medieval England

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2017 in Manchester. Andrew Payne, The National Archives and Ben Walsh, Author and Trainer ‘You were never more than 10 miles from an immigrant in medieval England.’ Professor Mark Ormrod’s claim challenges preconceptions about the extent of migration during the...

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  • Beyond tokenism: diverse history post-14

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    Nick Dennis shows how a  ‘multidirectional memory’ approach to teaching history can move history teachers beyond seeing black history as separate or distracting from the history that must be aught at examination level. He gives examples of ways in which a diverse history can be built into examination courses, strengthening...

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  • Challenging students’ perceptions of women in history

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    As postgraduate historians with teaching responsibilities at the University of York, Bridget Lockyer and Abigail Tazzyman were concerned to tackle some of the challenges reported by their students who had generally only encountered women’s history in a disconnected way through stand-alone topics or modules. Their response was to create a...

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  • Whose (hi)stories are we telling?

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Katherine Burn, University of Oxford This workshop explores the process of planning a rigorous and engaging historical enquiry that begins with the extraordinary story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, in the context of the transatlantic slave trade and...

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  • Remembrance and Diversity

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    This workshop took place at the Historical Association Annual Conference 2015 in Bristol. Remembrance and Diversity: crafting a depth study on the experience of Sikh soldiers who fought for Britain in WWI, In partnership with Global Learning Programme , Andrew Wrenn, Education consultant, Parmjit Singh Curator for Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and WWI...

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  • Triumphs Show 156 - First World War

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    Taking students outside the classroom inside the classroom Year 9 think they know a lot about the First World War. After all, they read Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful in their English lessons all the way back in Year 7, they've seen Blackadder so many times they can recite it,...

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  • Helping Year 9s explore multiple narratives through the history of a house

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    A host of histories: helping Year 9s explore multiple narratives through the history of a house Described by the author Monica Ali as a building that ‘sparks the imagination and sparks conversations', 19 Princelet Street, now a Museum of Diversity and Immigration, captivated the imagination of teacher David Waters. He...

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  • Getting medieval (and global) at Key Stage 3

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    Taking new historical research into the classroom: getting medieval (and global) at Key Stage 3 Although history teachers frequently work with academic historical writing, direct face-to-face encounters with academic historians are rare in secondary history classrooms. This article reports a collaboration between an academic historian and a history teacher that...

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  • Mummy Mummy 156

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    Mummy, Mummy, is it true that there's another history hiding underneath the chopping board? Do be quiet dear, Mummy's trying to work out if the new Ofsted framework is written in invisible ink. I was quite sure, when I read it, that it's now absolutely fine for history teachers to...

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  • Do we need another hero? Rorke's Drift

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    Do we need another hero? Year 8 get to grips with the heroic myth of the Defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879 Mike Murray shares a lesson sequence in which his students examined changing interpretations of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879. Building on earlier work on teaching interpretations...

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  • Year 7 explore the story of a London street

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    One street, twenty children and the experience of a changing town: Year 7 explore the story of a London street Michael Wood and others have recently drawn attention to the ways in which big stories can be told through local histories. Hughes and De Silva report a teaching unit through...

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  • Designing an enquiry in a challenging setting

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    Bridging the divide with a question and a kaleidoscope: designing an enquiry in a challenging settingThe Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) is a Cyprus-based organization that works to foster dialogue among history teachers and other educators across the divide in Cyprus. In one of their UN-funded projects, ADHR members...

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  • Triumphs Show 1 - TH 148

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    The power of two How a drink in the bar at the SHP conference - and discovery of a shared interest in ICT - led to the campaign for a Blue Plaque for an eighteenth-century abolitionist What do the 1970 Brazil World Cup-winning team, Charles Darwin and Vanilla Ice all...

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  • Where are we? The place of women in history curricula

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    Joanne Pearson reflects on her experiences as a history teacher and teacher educator, considering the ways in which she has seen women represented in the history curricula of different schools in England. She makes the case that greater attention needs to be paid by history teachers to the criteria against...

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  • Hidden histories and heroism: post-14 course on multi-cultural Britain since 1945

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    ‘My people struggled too': hidden histories and heroism - a school-designed, post-14 course on multi-cultural Britain since 1945Robin Whitburn and Sharon Yemoh describe the design of a school-generated GCSE course on the challenges that British people faced in forging a multicultural society in post-imperial Britain. Drawing on their own research...

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