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Epistemology is elementary: Historical thinking as applied epistemology in an elementary social studies methods class PROCEEDINGS

, Lehigh University, United States ; , Wake Forest University, United States ; , University of Nevada - Las Vegas, United States ; , Old Dominion University, United States ; , Lehigh University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Developing students' historical thinking skills is a challenging instructional objective in social studies education. One of the barriers is the difficulty of developing teachers' understanding of the concept and tactics for including it in their instruction. This study describes an activity used in two elementary social studies methods classes to develop pre-service teachers' understanding of historical thinking, using epistemology as the framing concept. The study uses qualitative methods to conduct pre- and posttest measures of the students' understanding and application of historical thinking.


Hammond, T., Friedman, A., Keeler, C., Manfra, M. & Metan, D. (2008). Epistemology is elementary: Historical thinking as applied epistemology in an elementary social studies methods class. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4881-4883). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 16, 2018 from .


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