Teaching World History at California State University Fresno: Challenges and Solutions for the 21st Century

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Due to the California History Social Science Standards, the diverse nature of students in our classes, the lack of pre-knowledge on the part of the students, and the increasing size of our courses, this multi-culture and interdisciplinary course is increasingly challenging to teach. The need to provide content knowledge of specific areas makes an entirely global or thematic approach impossible but through the use of technology and innovative teaching methods we have created a bridge between the old West plus the Rest and truly global approach to World History that is effective. I will identify the key challenges and then the methods we have developed to overcoming these challenges and to designing a new kind of world history.


Keywords: World History
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Melissa Jordine

Assistant Professor, History Department, California State University
Fresno, California, USA

I received a Ph.D. in Modern European History (Germany and the Second World War) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2008. While at SIUC I assisted the World History Professor and taught World History I and II. I have done extensive work with K-12 teachers in California. In the summer of 2006 I organized and gave a presentation at a conference on World History for the History Project at Fresno State offered to K-12 teachers. I currently teach World History at Fresno State. A colleague, Dr. Maritere Lopez, and I just submitted an article on teaching world history to the World History Connected journal.

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