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Taking Up the Levels or Scales Problem: History Teaching’s Hidden Thinking Practice

March 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

March 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM in History Conference Room, 255 Old Horticulture,  Professor Robert Bain will present “Taking Up the Levels or Scales Problem: History Teaching’s Hidden Thinking Practice.” Bain will speak on his most recent research on historical thinking and history education.  He is director of the International Institutes and School of Education’s World History and Literature Initiative. Bain led the effort to revise the Michigan state social studies content expectations, and has directed significant grant-funded initiatives in World History and Big History, most recently a project funded by the British Council, “Nesting World History Instruction for Future Faculty, Secondary Teachers and Students: A Project to Prepare Teachers of World History at Multiple Levels.”  Interested faculty can review his TEDX Talk on Big History.

Associate Professor Robert Bain, University of Michigan Educational Studies Department and the Department of History, where he also directs the World History and Literature Initiative and is faculty lead on the Big History Project. Co-sponsored with the Department of Teacher Education and H-Net. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 1998, he taught high school history and social studies for 26 years in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Bob’s research centers on teaching and learning history and the social sciences in classrooms, on-line, in museums and homes.  Currently he is studying distinctive approaches to “doing history” and the teaching of history across multiple scales of time and space. Bain has received awards for his research on and his teaching at both the high school and university levels, including the College Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Council of Social Studies in both 2008 and 2011.  In 2000, the Carnegie Foundation selected him as a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy of Teaching and Learning and he continues as one of the

Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecturers.


Lunch with Bain: An Addition Event with Professor Bain, cosponsored by the History Department, Department of Teacher Education, and H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online, will be a lunch with grad students in History and Social Studies Education, hosted by Department of Teacher Education. There is no formal agenda but this is an opportunity for grads in both departments to discuss history education with Professor Bain and one another.  12.30PM, Room 133F Erickson Hall.  RSVP to Terry Edwards, <edwar375@msu.edu>, Department of Teacher Education.


March 30, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


255 Old Horticulture Building
506 E Circle Dr Room 255
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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