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VanSledright, Bruce A. “‘I Don’t Remember—the Ideas are All Jumbled in My Head’: 8th Graders’ Reconstructions of Colonial American History.” Journal of Curriculum and Supervision 10(4) (1995): 317-45.


Describes a naturalistic case study involving a class of urban, ethnically diverse eighth graders who had studied the exploration and British colonization of North America. Most had considerable difficulty reconstructing what they had learned and explaining why they were studying history. New history education standards may help students connect historical experience with their own lives.