Every major measure of students' historical understanding
since 1917 has demonstrated that students do not retain, understand, or
enjoy their school experiences with history. Bruce Lesh believes that
this is due to the way we teach history -- lecture and memorisation.
Over the last fifteen years, Bruce has refined a method of teaching
history that mirrors the process used by historians, where students are
taught to ask questions of evidence and develop historical explanations.
And now in his new book "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" he shows teachers how to successfully implement his methods in the classroom.
Students may think they want to be given the answer. Yet, when they
are actively engaged in investigating the past -- the way professional
historians do -- they find that history class is not about the boring
memorisation of names, dates, and facts. Instead, it's challenging fun.
Historical study that centers on a question, where students gather a
variety of historical sources and then develop and defend their answers
to that question, allows students to become actual historians immersed
in an interpretive study of the past.
Each chapter focuses on a key concept in understanding history and
then offers a sample unit on how the concept can be taught. Readers will
learn about the following:
By the end of the book, teachers will have learned how to teach
history via a lens of interpretive questions and interrogative evidence
that allows both student and teacher to develop evidence-based answers
to history's greatest questions.