Speaker Series

Michael Bolz Graduate Student in UIC LS Program Learning Sciences Research Institute

The Journey, Not the Destination: Viewing students’ historical reasoning while writing in history
Friday, September 8, 2017 1:00PM to 2:30PM
LSRI 1535, 1240 W Harrison Street

Historical essays that rely on students’ use of historical sources have been a dominant means of assessing the presence and quality of high school students’ historical reasoning. However, a written essay combines the demands of historical reasoning, often based on documents that must be read, with rhetorical demands of writing an organized evidence­-based argument about a historical event or issue. This presentation highlights the challenge of identifying and characterizing students’ historical reasoning in essays, and presents the emergent findings of a study that uses a concurrent think­-aloud methodology in a case study design to examine students’ historical reasoning in the context of a document­-based historical essay task. Think­-aloud protocols were analyzed for evidence of how students were processing the sources, their reasoning about them, ways inwhich they reflected historical reading and inquiry reasoning, and the relationship of these to the final written product.