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Historical Thinking

Historical scholarship and our teaching about the past are based not only upon knowledge of the historical record—the myriad events, people, ideas, places, and dates—but also on making sense of an often bewildering array of information.  Doing so involves skills in developing key questions, understanding the nature of historical evidence, appreciating various perspectives, revising one’s analysis as further evidence is examined, and providing a cogent interpretation of the problem or issues being studied.   

The National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) refers to these skills as historical thinking and has developed a set of standards to aid teachers and students in this critical area.  Historical thinking will be featured in the lectures, workshops, and teacher projects associated with “Imagination, Invention, and Innovation.”  For information on the standards in historical thinking see the NCHS:

http://nchs.ucla.edu/standards/thinking5-12.html