Learning and teaching about the past: three to eight years old = Aprendendo e ensinando sobre o passado a crianças de três a oito anos

Cooper, Hilary (2006) Learning and teaching about the past: three to eight years old = Aprendendo e ensinando sobre o passado a crianças de três a oito anos. Educar em Revista, Especi . pp. 171-190. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

This paper considers how we can help young children to engage with the
past, in ways which reflect genuine historical enquiry. It defines the key
process of historical thinking, at any lever as: discussing the causes and
effects of changes over time; making inferences from historical sources in
order to construct accounts of the past using specialized vocabulary, and
understanding why-historical accounts may differ but be equally valid. The
paper then considers ways in which the constructivist learning theories of
Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, and subsequent research based on their work, can
be applied to history, from children’s earliest years, and in increasingly
complex ways. It argues the importance of learning history as a dimension of
early years education in ways which are meaningful to children and multi
perspectival; which allow them to hypothesise, evaluate, support ideas
with arguments, listen to others and recognize that sometimes there is no
right answer. It then suggests many familiar contexts in which young children
can begin to discuss the causes and effects of changes over time, make
inferences about a variety of historical sources and construct, compare
interpretations of the past and understand why they may vary. It is argued
that learning about the past is an integral part of social, emotional, as well as
cognitive development. The paper concludes with extracts from dialogue
which illustrate progression in children’s reasoning about the past.
Key-words: Teaching History; Historical Education; Constructivist.

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Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Educar em Revista
Publisher: UFPR
ISSN: 0104-4060
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Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Initial Teacher Education > Early Years and Primary Undergraduate Partnership QG
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 14:19
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 16:08
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/462

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