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Linking Questions: History and Ways of Knowing


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In this post I’d like to present a list of questions linking History with the different Ways of Knowing for classroom discussion.

Linking the different Areas of Knowledge (AOK) with different Ways of Knowing (WOK) can be quite challenging at times. I now attempted to link History with Language, Logics, Emotion and Sense Perception.

History and Language:

  • Does the way (the language) that certain historical events are presented in history books influence the way that the reader understands these events?
  • What role does loaded language play when talking about historical events?
  • What role do connotation and denotation play when talking about historical events?
  • How can language introduce bias into historical accounts?
  • How does language help or hinder the interpretation of historical facts?

History and Logics/Reason:

  • What role does logics/reason play when organizing historic events into cause-and-effect relationships?
  • (How) can a logical approach in dealing with historic events be a problem?
  • (How) can a logical approach in dealing with historic events be an advantage?
  • Can every historic event be explained using logics and reason?
  • Is the use of logics in history a guarantee for objectivity or not? To what extent does reason contribute to objectivity in history?

History and Emotions:

  • To what extent are emotions necessary in understanding historic events?
  • To what extent are emotions problematic when talking about historic events?
  • Can different emotions about a certain historic event lead to different conclusions about the event?

History and Sense Perception:

  • What role does personal observation (an eye witness account) of a historical event play?
  • What advantages and problems do eye witness accounts offer?
  • How is the lack of sense perception of historic events and advantage or a problem for understanding these events?
  • How do historic films and documentaries help or hinder the undersanding of historic events?
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