AIRED: April 9, 2012– 11 am PST
TITLE: “Child-Sized History – How Young Readers are Taught to Conceptualize History”
SPECIAL GUEST: Sara Schwebel, Assistant Professor, Unversity of South Carolina and Author of “Child-Sized History”
Sara Schwebel shares with Allen, Dr. Melody and our listeners the educational efforts of teachers who employ historical novels in the classroom to awaken students to the ways in which understanding our past can have relevance to the present. Sara explains how historical novels also improve literacy, verbal communications and other language skills of our youth.
Unlike textbooks, which are replaced on regular cycles and subjected to public tugs-of-war between the left and right, historical novels have simply-and quietly-endured. Taken individually, many present troubling interpretations of the American past. But embraced collectively, this classroom canon provides a rare pedagogical opportunity, capturing a range of interpretive voices across time and place, a kind of “people’s history” far removed from today’s state-sanctioned textbooks.
ABOUT THE SARA SCHWEBEL
Sara L. Schwebel is Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and has taught middle-school English and history in Connecticut and Virginia. She is the co-author ofThe Student Teacher’s Handbook, 4th Edition.