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Historical Thinking (EDUC90740)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90740
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This subject develops students’ critical understanding of approaches to teaching historical thinking. It explores abilities that underpin historical inquiry: establishing historical significance; using sources as evidence; identifying continuity and change; analysing cause and consequence; exploring historical perspectives; and examining ethical dimensions of history.

This subject also examines research-driven models of historical thought from around the globe, including the development of chronological thinking, historical interpretation, and the use of questions to provide opportunities for learning and teaching about the past. There is also an exploration of strategies for school students to construct descriptions, explanations, arguments and narratives in response to such questions.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in history education
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical periods included in the Victorian Curriculum (including social, political, economic and cultural developments)
  • Engage in historical thinking through analysis of primary and secondary sources
  • Critically analyse leading models of historical thinking and their implications for learning and teaching
  • Demonstrate sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding to design, use and evaluate resources for teaching history.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Be skilled professionals who can effectively articulate and justify their teaching practices;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Demonstrate highly developed analytic and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrate a capacity for independent critical thought, inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Demonstrate openness to new ideas, intellectual curiosity and creativity.

Last updated: 21 August 2019