Experiential Learning in World History Pedagogy

AHA Session 276
World History Association 10
Sunday, January 6, 2019: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Stevens C-5 (Hilton Chicago, Lower Level)
John T. Sanders, United States Naval Academy
Mark G. Hanna, University of California, San Diego

Session Abstract

This session explores a variety of approaches for incorporating extra-classroom and experiential components in the study of world history. It proposes the pedagogical value of such experiential work and discusses student academic and personal development in higher and secondary education. The methods include the use of local site visits, engagement and partnerships with local museums and libraries, international programs, and service learning components conducted in the community and abroad, which is combined with coursework that frames the service at the intersection of the local and global, translating academic goals in non-academic contexts. The panel also includes a template for the creation of almost limitless local/global examples that can be employed with minimal effort and can be replicated via “virtual visits” for educational environments that preclude physical visits.

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