Faculty Book: Terrie Epstein

Terrie Epstein

Interpreting National History: Race, identity and pedagogy in classrooms and communities
(Routledge, 2008)

How do students’ racial identities work with and against teachers’ pedagogies to shape their understandings of history and contemporary society? Based on a long-term ethnographic study, Interpreting National History examines the startling differences in black and white students' interpretations of U.S. history in classroom and community settings. Interviews with children and teens compare and contrast the historical interpretations students bring with them to the classroom with those they leave with after a year of teacher's instruction. Firmly grounded in history and social studies education theory and practice, this powerful book illuminates how textbooks, pedagogies, and contemporary learning standards are often disconnected from students’ cultural identities; explores how students and parents interpret history and society in home and community settings; and successfully analyzes examples of the challenges and possibilities facing teachers of history and social studies. Terrie Epstein is an associate professor of urban education at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: SEP 21, 2008

Category: Faculty Books, Urban Education