Historical Thinking for Thurs Sept 12

Historical thinking is the “historical habits of mind” that trained professional historians possess and are trying to pass along to their students. Stanford professor Sam Wineburg points out that “the kind of textured interrogation that comes automatically—-but not naturally—-to historians is a very special skill.” Therefore like any skill, it can be learned, improved, and taught.

What does that “textured interrogation” look like? What are those habits of mind? What *is* historical thinking?

Before clicking on the links below, take some time to articulate and write down what YOU think the mental processes and foundational concepts of “thinking historically” might be.

Here are several different formulations for historical thinking created by different educators. Take your time reading / viewing through them.


What Is Historical Thinking? (National History Education Clearinghouse) – 7:41 minutes
Why Historical Thinking Matters (History Matters) – skip the polls by clicking the Next Arrow – approx 10 min

Historical Thinking Concepts (Canada Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness) – take the time to explore all 6 sidebar links to each concept
What Does it Mean to Think Historically? The 5 C’s (AHA / Carnegie Teachers for a New Era)
History Discipline Core Competencies (AHA / Tuning the Discipline Project)

Welcome to Historian’s Craft, Fall 2019

This is the website for Dr. Tona Hangen’s HI 200 The Historian’s Craft for Fall 2019, which meets Tues / Thurs from 10:00 – 11:15 AM in Sullivan 318.

The course is designed for history majors and minors, to give you a place to explore and strengthen your skills in historical methods, new research techniques, and writing in the discipline of history. We encounter history as a process, a scholarly discipline, and a profession. At the end of the course you will be prepared to advance in your historical studies with confidence. 

Download Fall 2019 Syllabus (PDF)