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Assessing Historical Thinking and Understanding: Innovative Designs for New Standards
Assessing Historical Thinking and Understanding advocates for a fundamental change in how educators think about making sense of learners developing cognition and understanding in history. Author Bruce VanSledright argues that traditional and typical standardized testing approaches are seldom up to the task of measuring the more complex understandings students are asked to ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 7th 2013 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 09, 2014 Sandie rated it liked it
This book overall wasn't that bad...it has a lot of good information about VanSledright's ideas on assessing history and historical thinking: Incorporate weighted multiple choice, do NOT teach solely for the test, forget about standardized tests that don't measure anything...I am completely and totally in agreement with him. I found this book, though, soooo dry and so boring to read that I just couldn't push myself to read it all the way through. I suppose this content isn't designed to grip the ...more
I do like the book, and if I were still a classroom teacher, I'd vacuum all the info up and see what I could do in my own classroom. however, I'm not in the classroom, I'm at the state level, looking for creative and outside the box ways to look at state-level mandated social studies assessments. VS makes no secret of the fact that he does not like those types of assessments. Fine, great. We get it. But what about answers and ideas for those of us who must work within that system?