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“Becoming a History Teacher: Historical Thinking and Performance Assessment

March 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Burkhardt Building, Room 100

In her Sabbatical Talk, Professor Sarah Drake Brown presents “Becoming a History Teacher: Historical Thinking and Performance Assessment”.

This is a FREE talk and open to the public.

In our assessment-crazed culture, where the art of teaching is often reduced to impersonal value-added measures, optimistic history teaching candidates do not necessarily include effective assessment among their high-minded goals.

Yet, history educators must prepare teaching candidates to: initiate dialogues about discipline-based assessment; systematically consider what they know and understand about students’ historical thinking competencies; and articulate what they intend to do with this knowledge.

This work focuses on three questions:

*How do beginning teachers assess historical thinking?
*To what extent do beginning teachers use assessment outcomes to inform their practice?
*How might we learn from beginning teachers’ work in order to improve our history education programs?

Sarah Drake Brown is the Director of Social Studies Education in the History Department at Ball State University. She has published articles on history teacher certification, state standards in history, and systematic approaches to improving historical thinking. In 2003 the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association published the report she co-authored with John J. Patrick, History Education in the United States: A Survey of Teacher Certification and State-Based Standards and Assessments for Teachers and Students.

She received her M.A. in history from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in curriculum studies with a focus on history education from Indiana University. Her current work focuses on teachers’ development of historical cognition.

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March 21
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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