Reforming History Education: New Research on Teaching and Learning

The National History Center is having a day-long conference on Reforming History Education on June 12, 2007 at the National Archives in Washington, DC beginning at 10 A.M.. The conference, co-sponsored by the American Historical Association, Newberry Library, National Council for the Social Studies, and Organization of American Historians, will address the current state of history education policy and future reforms in light of recent advances in student learning, teacher preparation, assessment, and curricular innovations in the discipline of history. The panelist include Robert Bain, Robert Harris, Robert Orrill, Diane Ravitch, Peter Stearns, Maris Vinovskis, and Suzanne Wilson.

This conference continues the conversation begun at the Newberry Library in October 2005. It convened researchers on history teaching and learning who discussed how students learn history, how teachers teach history, and evaluated related policy issues.

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Please contact the Center for copies of the full paper drafts that the briefings are based upon.

10:00 am–10:30 am
Welcome and Introduction
Introduction, by James Grossman, Newberry Library

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10:30 am–12:00 noon
Panel One: The Problem with History Education Policy
Chair: Diane Ravitch, New York University

12 noon–1:30 pm
Speaker:“Putting the Pieces Together (Again?): History Teachers Education As A University-Wide Task,” by Robert B. Bain, University of Michigan
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1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Panel Two: Toward a New Future for History Education
Chair: Robert L. Harris, Jr., Cornell University


  • “The Impacts of History Learning Research: Achievements, Gaps, and Implications,” by Peter N. Stearns, George Mason University
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  • “History Assessments and Elementary and Secondary Education,” by Maris A. Vinovskis, University of Michigan
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  • “Across the Great Divide: American Historians and Their Publics,” by Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University
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  • “What History Should be Taught and How Is History Taught?: Persistent Disconnects between Policymakers, Historians, and Teachers,” Larry Cuban, Stanford University
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3:00pm–3:15 pm
Closing Remarks: James Grossman
Sponsoring organizations
  1. American Historical Association
  2. National Council of Social Studies
  3. Newberry Library
  4. Organization of American Historians

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