Teaching World History at California State University Fresno: Challenges and Solutions for the 21st Century
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
Dr. Melissa Jordine
Assistant Professor, History Department, California State University