Synopses & Reviews
. . . a unique and imaginative approach to education, taking the student out of the textbook, even out of the classroom, into creative contact with the world outside. Students and teachers will profit immensely from its suggestions.
- Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University, Author of A People's History of the United States
. . . smooth, entertaining, witty, and personaljust the right combination of methods, social analysis, and philosophy of history for my secondary certification students.
- Susan Starbuck, Professor, Antioch University Seattle, author of Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment
. . . a student-centered, intellectually invigorating, content-open way to engage students in the study of history.
- Tarry Lindquist, Author of Seeing the Whole Through Social Studies, Ways That Work, and Social Studies at the Center
In this practical guidebook, Douglas Selwyn and Jan Maher propose adifferent way of teaching history - start from today and keep askingquestions. As students investigate possible answers, they make connectionsacross miles and centuries. Along the way, they experience that essentialinsight of the social studies: Point of view has everything to do with howone perceives the world. To this end, each chapter explores projectsconnecting students' concerns with core content and concepts in history,geography, civics, and economics.
Lessons center on the economics of ordinary objects, understanding currentevents in historical context, creating readers1 theater, photodocumentariesand more. While students dig deeply into issues of personal relevance, theyalso master the content and skills mandated in state and national standards.Students learn about history - and about themselves.
In this practical guidebook, Douglas Selwyn and Jan Maher propose a different way of teaching history-start from today and keep asking questions.
To this end, each chapter explores a particular kind of project that is centered on students' concerns, but connected to core curriculum content and concepts in:
About the Author
Jan Maher is a writer and educator whose works include several plays, Heaven, Indiana (a novel), and History in the Present Tense (coauthored with Douglas Selwyn, Heinemann 2003). She is Adjunct Professor of education at Antioch University and Heritage University, both in Seattle.Douglas Selwyn taught in the Seattle Public Schools for more than fifteen years. He is currently a professor of education at Antioch University and works as an educational consultant. His previous publications include Living History in the Classroom (Zephyr, 1993); and an NCSS bulletin, Arts & Humanities in the Social Studies (1995).