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Historical Thinking

Applying Historical Knowledge

Knowledge of the past is essential to historical thinking, although historical knowledge does not of itself constitute historical thinking. Students must also be taught the other elements of the discipline so that they can question and challenge received knowledge and participate in the debate and discussion that is at the heart of the discipline. Students require historical knowledge in order to substantiate their own views about the past in debates and discussions. Historical knowledge enables them to contextualise historical sources, and therefore to analyse and evaluate them as historical evidence in order to construct their own arguments. Students are also better able to make connections and comparisons between the activities they undertake in history lessons and are therefore able to develop a sense of historical narrative.

Learning Activities