Primary history is one of the richest areas of teaching and learning, but in order to teach it well trainee teachers need a strong understanding of key historical concepts and the dynamics of the national curriculum. Combining a detailed focus on the core skills and principles underpinning good history teaching, this book helps students to:  • appreciate the key concepts that underpin historical understanding  • engage deeply with the programmes of study for Key Stage 1 and 2  • assess children’s historical understanding  • apply a cross-curricular approach to teaching This is essential reading for anyone studying primary history on initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), school-based training (School Direct, Teach First), and qualified teachers who wish to enhance their professional knowledge.

Enquiry, Interpretation and Significance

Enquiry, Interpretation and Significance

What this chapter will cover

In many respects, this is one of the most challenging chapters of the book. It introduces some of the key debates within the philosophy of history, namely the importance of evidence and historical enquiry associated with the generation of new knowledge from archival sources. However, due to gaps in evidence and the approach and beliefs of the historian, this is never a neutral or complete activity and consequently the study of history necessarily produces contested accounts. This is what is meant by historical interpretation. The subject matter under review also needs to be considered: historical enquiries can focus on trivial questions, and it is important that students select the most important, or significant, ...

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