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Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 1 2019

The second volume of this special issue edition of the HSSE Online continues our conversation on matters related to history education. In this volume, historians, history educators, curriculum specialists, pre-service teachers and experienced practitioners reflect on an integral aspect of history teaching and learning: educational assessment. Bearing in mind recent shifts in syllabus emphases (towards disciplinary history, inquiry-based learning, and an increased focus on formative assessment), our contributors address important implications these developments would have (and have had) on classroom practice and student assessment. While acknowledging the recognizably sturdy emphasis on teaching approaches that prepare students for history exams, the authors believe that this need not be done at the expense of developing proper understandings about history and the past. They argue that a history instruction that provides students with opportunities to work intensively with historical sources, presents them with the means to cultivate historical ways of viewing the past, and is taught in a way that opens up historical knowledge to discussion, debate and conjecture can, in positive ways, affect the growth and quality of adolescents’ historical reasoning, and offer opportunities for formative assessment strategies that are targeted at moving students’ ideas forward.

Image of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Li-Ching Ho
Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 
Photo by Li-Ching Ho

HSSE Online is published by the HSSE Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. The overarching purpose of the journal is to energize, inform and improve teaching practice in Humanities and Social Studies education in Singapore and to provide a venue to share ideas, research and resources that will be useful to teachers and scholars. 

We seek to develop and deepen knowledge and understanding of powerful and innovative research and practice in Humanities and Social Studies education. We hope you will make use of these ideas and resources as well as contribute your own.

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"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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