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A brief selection of resources on teaching US educational history
by Jack Dougherty, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity College, CT
Most content on this page was created in August 2008; see current syllabus

To promote more dialogue between college-level educators who teach US educational history, I created a handful of links and short comments on resources generated to enrich learning in my courses, such as Ed 300: Education Reform Past & Present, and others with historical components. Several of these teaching ideas arose from my own experiences as a student and/or teaching assistant of Michael Fultz, Linda Gordon, Carl Kaestle, Jurgen Herbst, Lisa Smulyan, Eva Travers, as well as teaching conversations with many, many colleagues who work at other institutions.

Teaching Students to Become History Detectives — A four-page handout from my HES 2006 teaching workshop session on integrating information literacy questions into the syllabus
– see related slides (10-21) from a 2004 NELIG conference presentation with Jenny Groome and David Tatem
– see updated Research Guide to information literacy resources, created by Librarian Katy Hart and me for Ed 300 in Spring 2008

Teaching with Oral History — A series of handouts that I provided for an HES 2005 oral history panel, to illustrate how I attempt to guide students through an oral history project. This particular set was created for an historical component in my Ed 308 Cities, Suburbs, and Schools seminar in 2002, where students interviewed participants from Project Concern, a city-to-suburb desegregation transfer program in metropolitan Hartford from the 1960s to the 1990s. This class project eventually generated an co-authored article with one of my students, published in TCR in 2004.

Teaching Brown — Essays published with several colleagues in History of Education Quarterly 2004 special issue. My essay explained one approach to teaching competing historical narratives on desegregation from the perspective of two different Southern Black communities
– see updated Curry & Cecelski reading guide used in my Ed 300 spring 2008 class
“Schooling and Civil Rights” presentation on teaching Brown for high school teachers at “History is Central” Teaching American History workshop, Central Connecticut State University, March 2008

Teaching with the Writing Process — A two-page handout from my HES 1999 teaching workshop session on transforming the traditional term paper assignment into a more meaningful writing experience
– see the updated Research Paper Proposal and Research Paper Criteria handouts used in my Ed 300 spring 2008 class

Teaching with Archival Materials — Two handouts developed while working with Trinity archivist Peter Knapp, who has guided my Ed 300 students through focused explorations of primary source materials at the Watkinson Library, such as the Henry Barnard collection of nineteenth-century common school textbooks, and Trinity College archival materials from 1960s campus protests and coeducation

My Ed 300: Ed Reform Past & Present syllabus, with current and prior versions to show how the course has evolved over time:
Spring 2013
Spring 2012 – first time taught on public WordPress site
Spring 2008
Spring 2007
Fall 2005
Spring 2005
Spring 2004
Spring 2002
Spring 2001
Fall 1999 – my first semester at Trinity, with a different course title and number, where we focused on an oral history project of Trinity coeducation during the second portion of the semester

History of Education Society 2008 teaching workshop, organized by Heather Lewis and Bethany Rogers

H-Education, an H-Net moderated discussion listserv, sponsored by the History of Education Society (US), for on-line conversations about ed history topics, including teaching

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