Teaching Students to Think Like Historians: Revisiting the Fundamentals

Professor Kathleen Brown, History, and Jessie Regunberg, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Monday, April 1 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Matthew Kruer, CTL Graduate Fellow, History

Location: College Hall 214

Summary: As every TA rapidly learns, history recitations have a standard format: we guide students through the process of critically reading primary sources and understanding the arguments of secondary sources. But this does not always leave room for the students to experience for themselves the wonder and confusion of encountering a source for the first time, the thrill of the hunt to understand its production and context, and the satisfaction of building an argument based on hard-won knowledge. Professor Kathleen Brown will reflect on the challenges and pleasures of teaching students to undergo this process and to learn to think like historians. She will share her experience constructing an experimental course intended to train students in these fundamental skills. Jessie Regunberg, Prof. Brown’s TA for this course, will offer a first-hand perspective on implementing these techniques in recitations.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.