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Historical Thinking Project

The Historical Thinking Project was designed to foster a new approach to history education—with the potential to shift how teachers teach and how students learn, in line with recent international research on history learning. It revolves around the proposition—like scientific thinking in science instruction and mathematical thinking in math instruction—that historical thinking is central to history instruction and that students should become more competent as historical thinkers as they progress through their schooling.

Historical Thinking Concepts

  • Establish Historical Significance
  • Use Primary Source Evidence
  • Identify Continuity and Change
  • Analyze Cause and Consequence
  • Take Historical Perspectives
  • Understand Ethical Dimensions of History