Using the Internet to teach about interpretations in Years 9 and 12


By Reuben Moore, published 1st November 2000

Are you getting fed up of ICT experts and others telling you to watch out for ‘bias’ in websites? Have you sat open-mouthed through a training session or staff meeting where the need to teach pupils to be critical of what they find on the web is sagely discussed, as though the problem had just been discovered? Painful, isn’t it? It is as if we - the history education community - and all our discourse, research, literature, debates, successes and failures never existed. Reuben Moore fights back. He argues that typical history work on evaluation of sources and on the deconstruction of interpretations is exactly what pupils need to draw upon when they are using the Internet. Pupils have been trained systematically in history lessons and they must now use and apply these understandings both in history lessons and in wider, ICT-based research on other matters. He offers a strong line of argument to help teachers to clarify history’s distinctive contribution to Internet use and many practical, lively examples from his own practice to support it.

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