Why a Focus on Teaching Day?

Marjorie Bingham

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
Why a Focus on Teaching Day?

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This chapter focuses on “the new era” of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) when history teaching became a central concern. It looks closely at one sign of change: the Focus on Teaching Day, arguing that it emerged from both a reform movement to encourage academically sound and creative history teaching and the OAH leadership's desire to recruit a new pool of members.

Keywords: Organization of American Historians; American history; history teaching; members; leadership

Chapter.  1439 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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