Creating Meaningful Comparisons in National, Regional, and Global Histories

Sunday, January 5, 2014: 11:20 AM
Delaware Suite A (Marriott Wardman Park)
Laura J. Mitchell, University of California, Irvine
In a session that compares three related history curricula (AP US, European, and world history courses) and seeks to explain how assessment of these courses in a nationally-administered exam aims for coherence across the subjects, it seems fitting to spend time explaining exactly how the newly-aligned curricula support teaching historical comparisons, and how students are expected to show competence in this and related historical thinking skills. This presentation will highlight the role of comparison in the revised AP World History curriculum and explain how this skill integrates with other skills, themes, and specific content requirements. The presentation will give equal attention to explaining the process we used to coordinate curricular elements and arrive at a shared exam format across all three history subjects. The presentation will include discussion of new question types.