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Teaching Big History

by Richard B. Simon
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2014-12-23
Genre: History
Pages: 426 pages
ISBN 13: 0520283554
ISBN 10: 9780520283558
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle

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Synopsis : Teaching Big History written by Richard B. Simon, published by Univ of California Press which was released on 2014-12-23. Download Teaching Big History Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Teaching this course is a teacher's dream, but it is also a great responsibility. The method I have outlined also demands that we as instructors ... This method demands that we return in kind. Over the years of teaching Big History and ... -- Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.

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