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Teaching History in the Secondary School: approaches, multiculturalism and writing skills. November 13, 2016

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This book focuses on three basic notions which are extremely important in history teaching.  First of all what approach should a history teacher adopt, that is, what pedagogy or methodology to use.  This decision is fundamental before any teaching can occur.  Long gone are the days when ‘knowing the story’ and ‘telling it’ to a class is sufficient.  Effective history teaching needs a well-trained teacher who is strong both in subject knowledge and in pedagogical subject skills.  Making history accessible to adolescents and developing historical understanding in pupils needs specialised training.  Therefore the first two chapters debate precisely the hazards of certain approaches and the benefits of others.

Similarly to most European countries Malta today is a multicultural society and teaching any subject in such an environment needs a bit of extra thought.  All democratic politicians, educators and consultants exalt the benefits of living in a multicultural society.   However, what can a history teacher do?   Unfortunately we are rich in rhetoric but poor in practical ideas of how to promote multiculturalism in any classroom let alone specifically in history lessons.  So the second part of the book is in fact presenting two personal research attempts (chapter 3 and chapter 4) in the local context to try and find ways how history can foster and stimulate pupils to think about multiculturalism.

Throughout the author’s years  as a history pedagogist she has watched and participated in various wonderful history lessons where pupils were very much engaged in learning, and participated fully in resource rich lessons with tasks focused on interpretation and evidence analysis.  Unfortunately there were several occasions where these same lessons were followed by writing activities and it was here that the pupils floundered.  The work produced by the pupils was not up to standard.  The author tried to solve this anomaly and researched various work on how pupils’ writing can be improved.  Anybody learning and studying history cannot escape from writing in history;  it is part and parcel of the subject.  Inevitably you are going to face occasions where you need to be able to read and understand fairly long complex text and in turn you need to produce written text.   Therefore as their dissertation tutor the author took the opportunity to encourage two of her history teacher trainees to try out various techniques which would hopefully produce better written pupil feedback and better pupil understanding of written text.  The last part of this book (chapter 5 and chapter 6) are two papers  the author wrote, based on the work carried out in these dissertations.  They were successful in both supporting pupils’ writing in history (Rosaline Caruana’s B.Ed Dissertation) and pupils’ understanding of history written text (Kimberly Caruana’s B.Ed Dissertation).

So this book brings together Prof Yosanne Vella’s most recent research in history teaching and while by no means offering permanent solutions it is hoped that this book contributes to the ongoing quest to find the best pedagogy for history teachers to use.

One can download the e-book for free from the link http://euroclio.eu/voice/download-teaching-history-in-the-secondary-school/

This is another book published by the History Teachers’ Association Malta

HTA newsletter no. 9 November 26, 2013

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Read the latest newsletter published by the HTA. In this issue read about the MA Sant memorial lecture and the participation of the HTA in Discovery Week organised by the University of Malta.

HTA newsletter no 9

Join the association September 17, 2013

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Dear teachers

We invite to join the association for the coming scholastic year. Everyone is welcome to join, primary and secondary teachers, other educators interested in History both in formal and informal education.

The membership fee is only €5. Fill in the application attached and send it to the secretary.

This year every member will benefit from a one time free entry at the St. John’s Con-Cathedral.

Regards

the committee

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HTA membership form 2013

HTA newsletter number 8 June 28, 2013

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Read the latest issue of the HTA newsletter. Read about this year’s EUROCLIO conference attended by Alex Cutajar and Jennifer Bugeja and read the info on next year’s edition

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HTA Newsletter 7th issue March 17, 2013

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This issue is concerned with the publication of the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF), lauched in February 2013. We are hereby focusing on excerpts from the NCF which concern the subject of History to see how it is treated.

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6th edition of the HTA newsletter November 20, 2012

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The HTA has just published the sixth edition of the newsletter.

This edition includes articles about the M.A. Sant Memorial Lecture held on the 23rd of October and an interesting article about M.A Sant himself.

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March 19, 2012

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It is the period in our schools to explain to the Form 2 students which subjects they can choose to study at Form 3. The following video clip could be used to encourage students to choose History. You can access the video clip from http://vimeo.com/38808404 and download it for better use.

You could also use this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePB3a-DzmU

New edition of HTA newsletter March 7, 2012

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The HTA has just released the fouth edition of its newsletter. To start receiving your copy at home become a member of the HTA.

In this issue:

Editorial

Report on the new online book by EUROCLIO: Historiana

Useful websites for teaching Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt

Brief overview of the latest publications by the HTA

Enjoy your reading. Click this link HTA newsletter nru_4

Third edition of the HTA newsletter November 27, 2011

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The HTA has just released the third edition of its newsletter. To start receiving your copy at home become a member of the HTA.

In this issue:

Editorial

Report on the 10th MA Sant Memorial Lecture

Review of the new publication by the HTA

The editor goes through the principles of differentiation in class.

Enjoy your reading. Click this link: HTA booklet_nru3

Another HTA publication November 7, 2011

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During the 10th Michael A. Sant Memorial Lecture, the HTA published the second volume of the collection of the papers given during the sixth to tenth MA Sant Lectures.  For more information about the book History teaching & research: bridging the theory/practice divide. Vol 2 visit the publications section.

History teaching papers collection Vol 2