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An Old Fad of Great Promise: Reverse Chronology History Teaching in Social Studies Classes

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This article revisits and explores the promises and challenges of reverse chronology history instruction within the social studies. In response to student disinterest in social studies, changes in our educational culture that often value content knowledge exclusively, and marginalization of instructional time stemming from testing burdens, reverse chronology curriculum design focuses on connections, meaning, relationships between past and present, and the harnessing of history's explanatory powers for understanding today and formulating normative decisions about the future. Reverse chronology bridges more traditional chronological history instruction in social studies classes and issues-centered learning. Ultimately it serves as a pathway to ensure the aims and goals of social studies education are consciously and deliberately realized. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									      The Journal of Social Studies Research
                        Volume 33, Issue 1

  An Old Fad of Great Promise: Reverse Chronology History
             Teaching in Social Studies Classes

                         Thomas Misco
                         Miami University

                      Nancy C. Patterson
                 Bowling Green State University

This article revisits and explores the promises and challenges of
reverse chronology history instruction within the social studies. In
response to student disinterest in social studies, changes in our
educational culture that often value content knowledge exclusively,
and marginalization of instructional time stemming from testing
burdens, reverse chronology curriculum design focuses on
connections, meaning, relationships between past and present, and
the harnessing of history’s explanatory powers for understanding
today and formulating normative decisions about the future.
Reverse chronology bridges more traditional chronological history
instruction in social studies classes and issues-centered learning.
Ultimately it serves as a pathway to ensure the aims and goals of
social studies education are consciously and deliberately realized.

                           Introduction
        Social studies educators face many challenges to offering
relevance and meaning for students. They often encounter
conflicting cultures of education, whereby the university ideal of
rigorous, inquiry-based social studies teaching does not align with
the reality in classrooms (Leming, 1989). Many teachers still
primarily offer textbook-based classroom experiences that focus on
recitation with few opportunities for deliberation (Kahne et al.,
2000), while students too often perceive historical content as
detached from their interests, concerns, and problems, consistently
valuing other subjects over social studies (Chiodo & Byford, 2004;

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      The Journal of Social Studies Research
                        Volume 33,
								
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