Wikipedia Msl 2009

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  • 1. History education & historiography

2. How do we know about the past?
3. Evidence
The concept of evidence is central to history because it is only through the use of evidence that history becomes possible. (How people learn, Lee, 2005, p. 54).
4. Evidence
Misconceptions might include
The assumption that history is just known
The assumption that primary sources should not contradict or disagree
Thatbiased sources are untrue
That historical interpretation is solely based on factual evidence
5. Work of historians
Historians make inferences
Historians are not simply forced to choose between two reports, but can work out their own picture, which may differ from both. With this understanding goes the recognition that we can know things about the past that no witness has reported (Lee, 2005, p. 58)
6. Work of historians
7. Historical accounts

  • [Historical] texts come not to convey information, to tell stories, or even to set the record straight. Instead, they are slippery, cagey, and protean, reflecting the uncertainty and disingenuity of the real world. Texts emerge as speech acts- social interactions set down on paper that can be understood only by reconstructing the social context in which they occurred. (Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, Wineberg, p. 66-67)