TeachingRoundtable Teaching the Survey

AHA Session 79
Friday, January 7, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 306 (Hynes Convention Center)
Dane K. Kennedy, George Washington University
14 Weeks for 1700 Years, 14 Weeks for 500 Years—Teaching Western Civilization
Natalie Kimbrough, Community College of Baltimore County
Teaching the Survey in World History
Kevin Reilly, Raritan Valley Community College
Internationalizing the U.S. History Survey (Some Practical Applications)
Cheryll Ann Cody, Houston Community College-West Loop Campus

Session Abstract

The survey course is taught by Advance Placement teachers and two year and four year faculty. They are some of most difficult courses to teach because instructors have to decide between breath versus depth and how they are going to activity engage students in their own learning. The "sage on the stage" model simply does not work as the only model for these courses. The roundtable will explore these issues in the World survey, Western Civilization survey, and World survey. The session should stimulate lively discussion on how to teach these essential but challenging courses. The simple fact is that for most  students who take these courses, these courses will be the last history courses they ever take.

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