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Yeager, Elizabeth Anne, Stuart J. Foster, and Jennifer Greer. “How Eighth Graders in England and the United States View Historical Significance.” Elementary School Journal 103(2) (2002): 199-219.


This study identified and analyzed events that U.S. and English adolescents judged as historically significant and the criteria and reasoning used to construe events as significant. Found that students were inclined to learn from history and find ways to conceptualize historical significance. Many could assign significance to events even though they had not studied them in depth. Findings offer insight into national/cultural bias, personal relevance, and lessons learned from history.