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Teaching about Historical Thinking


  • ISBN: 978-0-86491-286-2

This resource focuses on six interrelated concepts central to students' ability to think about history. These core concepts are: historical significance, evidence, continuity and change, cause and consequence, historical perspective, and moral judgement. The nature and importance of each concept is discussed as are the problems associated with helping students understand them. The resource offers specific suggestions for introducing the concepts to students and for applying them throughout the history curriculum. An extended teaching example illustrates how these concept work in tandem as students learn to think critically about history. (107 pp.)

"I absolutely love the book Teaching About Historical Thinking! I have an Arts Degree in History and an Education Degree majoring in Social Studies, yet this book has completely revolutionized my understanding of teaching historical thinking! I would highly recommend it! Every teacher should have a copy!"
-Primary Teacher, Southern Alberta

Authors: Mike Denos, Roland Case
Editors: Peter Seixas, Penney Clark

Jointly published by The Vancouver Foundation and The Critical Thinking Consortium.

Educational goals:
Teaching for understanding


Intellectual tool:
Background knowledge
Criteria for judgment
Critical thinking vocabulary
Habits of mind
Thinking strategies

This resource focuses on six interrelated concepts central to students’ ability to think critically about history.

Special themes:
Historical and geographical thinking

Promoting thinking:
Assessing for thinking
Creating opportunities for thinking
Developing capacity for thinking
Nurturing a community of thinkers


Type of resource:

Subject area:
Social studies

Targeted grade range:
Middle (7-9)
Senior (10-12)
Intermediate (4-6)

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