Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Teaching History in the Real World Subject of A&M-Kingsville Conference April 26

KINGSVILLE - April 13, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Meeting state curricula standards, student teacher preparation to be discussed

Instructors, teachers and the public are invited to learn about teaching world history in Texas at a free conference at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday, April 26.

“Teaching World History in the ‘Real World’” runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Honor, located in the Memorial Student Union Building. It is presented by the department of history and the university’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP).

The conference includes roundtable discussions on the theory and practice integrating real world history teaching into the existing framework provided by state curricula standards. The keynote address of the conference comes from Dr. Richard E. Warner of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. His topic will be, “Introducing the New World History to the Real World of Student Teacher Preparation.”

Session one, “Teaching World History in the World of TEKS,” is scheduled from 8:30-10 a.m. and features speakers from Bishop High School, H.M. King High School, Harlingen High School and A&M-Kingsville.

Session two, “Developing the World History Course,” is scheduled from 10:15-11:45 a.m. and features faculty and students from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Harlingen High School.

The keynote address, a Brown Bag Luncheon, is from 12:15-1:45 p.m.

This conference is the product of two coordinated world history courses funded in part this semester as part of the QEP. Its courses seek to increase student professional and civic engagement, in this instance to improve world history teacher preparation through deeper examination of world history pedagogical theory and state curricular practice.

For more information on the conference, call either Dr. Dean Ferguson or Dr. Brenda Melendy of the Texas A&M-Kingsville history department at 361-593-3608.

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