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Ashby, Rosalyn, Peter Lee, and Alaric Dickinson. “How Children Explain the 'Why' of History: The Chata Research Project on Teaching History.” Social Education 61(1) (1997): 17-21.


Describes the Chata Project, a British research project that challenged the prevalent assumption that children will construct sound causal explanations from factual information imparted during history instruction. Their research suggests that explicit instruction is required for children to understand the causal relationships among events, motives, and reasons. 

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