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Social Education April 2004


Editor's Notebook



Using Comparative Online Media to Study the Iraq War

Jana Sackman Eaton
Students no longer have to accept one version of the news; they can access online media around the world to gain a deeper understanding of events such as the Iraq war.



Teaching for Civic Participation with Negotiation Role Plays

Stacie Nicole Smith
Classroom role-plays help students enhance negotiation skills, a neglected but vital ability for resolving controversy and conflict.



Harriet Jacobs: Using Online Slave Narratives in the Classroom

Cheryl Mason Bolick and Meghan M. McGlinn
With digital libraries, valuable documents become readily available, such as the writings of a former slave, Harriet Jacobs, who became an outspoken opponent of slavery.



Studying Local History in the Digital Age: The Story of Asaph Perry

John Lee and W. Guy Clarke
The authors take historical research to the next level by creating a non-linear, digital version of one man’s story.



Who Killed William Robinson? Exploring a Nineteenth-Century Murder Online

Ruth Sandwell
This documents-based history website encourages students to take an active, detective-type role in learning about events, such as a mysterious 1868 murder.



Digital Images: Capturing America's Past with the Technology of Today

Michael J. Berson
Students can use digital cameras to explore how their community has changed over time.



The SCIM-C Strategy: Expert Historians, Historical Inquiry, and Multimedia

David Hicks, Peter E. Doolittle and E. Thomas Ewing
The authors present a strategy for helping students interpret primary sources.



Web Historical Inquiry Projects

Philip Molebash
The article outlines a practical technique for involving students in doing history rather than simply learning about history.

Research and Practice


What Does It Mean to Think Historically and How Do You Teach It?

Bruce A. VanSledright
This history-education researcher offers his views on how to successfully teach the skills of historical inquiry.



The NCSS Presidency: Perennial Themes of Leadership

James J. Sheehan and Mark A. Previte
By looking at past themes of NCSS presidential addresses, the authors hope to shed light on the contemporary struggles of social studies teachers.

Book Review


Jonathan Zimmerman, Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools

Athena Liss
The author examines Zimmerman’s argument that the greater racial and ethnic diversity in textbooks has not changed their basic approach to America’s national story.