A history of the objectives for teaching world history in secondary schools
Weber, Phyllis L.
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This study was an examination of the objectives for teaching world history that had been recommended by educators and historians during the years 1892 to 1958. The objectives surveyed were those that applied to history teaching in the public and private non-denominational secondary schools of the United States. As an outgrowth of the original purpose, an additional one was to suggest aims that might be applied by the world history teachers of today. In reviewing all of the objectives, a number scored seemed appropriate for the teacher of world history today. History teaching should set to give the students an understanding of the part, and the present that had evolved from it. There should then be a resulting awareness of the shape that the future might take. World history should provide enlightenment regarding other peoples and nations. It should furnish insight into the background of the students' national history abd their society and its institutions. This should indirectly contribute to the cultivation of good citizenship. Although not mentioned with any frequency by any of the sources cited, world history should give the students intellectual pleasure and gratification through the experience of "knowledge." Lately, it should afford training in analyzing data and provide an understanding of time perspective. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ed.M.)--Boston University.
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