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Doing History: What Historians Do

Historians, Students and Teachers Doing History--Version: January, 2005

Choose | Locate | Examine | Interpret | Understand context | Draw conclusions | Present

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Present findings
What historians do when they "do history" What students do when they "do history" What teachers do to help their students "do history"
  • Present at conferences their findings to peers in their university, their town, their state, region, country, peers in other countries.
  • Offer public exhibitions of their knowledge, such as free lectures, appearances on television and radio.
  • Produce a physical artifact that contributes to public understanding, such as a website, museum installation or documentary film.
  • Publish papers and books documenting their investigations and conclusions.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to compare their research findings
  • Draw on their research to revise history textbooks and curriculum standards
  • Present their findings to peers in their school, their town, their state, region, country, peers in other countries.
  • Offer public exhibitions of their knowledge, such as free tours for visitors, appearances on television and radio.
  • Produce a physical artifact that contributes to public understanding, such as a website, museum installation or documentary film.
  • Publish papers and posters documenting their investigations and conclusions.
  • Help students identify the appropriate media for presenting their projects.
  • Prepare students to present by articulating project criteria, providing a rubric
  • Facilitate peer critiques, drafting,
  • Provide models
  • Help students prepare to present by reviewing and practicing presentation skills.
  • Arrange for students to present, reserving facilities, transportation.
  • Help students to publicize presentations and exhibitions.
  • Contact local media and spread the word to publicize the student work.
  • Draw on their studentsí work to shape the local history curriculum
  • Organize a forum for studentsí to compare their research findings with others


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