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Title: Skills and Strategies of the Historian


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Skills and Strategies of the Historian
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Historical Empathy
  • Using your imagination to understand the feelings
    and motives of the past

3
Historical Agency
  • Understanding that people were active agents who
    made decisions and took actions to resolve the
    issues affecting their lives

4
Historical Perspective
  • Uncovering the different points of view found in
    the events and issues of the past

5
Historical Justice
  • Being fair to all people, regardless of gender,
    race, class or other characteristics, in your
    research, your thesis and your presentation of
    information

6
Critical analysis
  • Carefully examining and analysing all sources of
    evidence

7
Original research
  • Conducting first-hand research to present a new
    analysis of an historical issue or event

8
Avoiding Historical Hindsight
  • Avoiding making connections between the past and
    the present and imposing modern values and
    judgments on events of the past

9
Detecting Historical Bias
  • Critically analysing evidence for bias, point of
    view, and prior assumptions

10
Understanding the complexity of Issues
  • Understanding that issues are complicated and
    have multiple causes and effects

11
Abstract thinking
  • Thinking about concrete events and actions of the
    past in terms of trends and other abstract forces
    of the time

12
Critical thinking
  • Formulating, clarifying, and justifying your
    thoughts, arguments, and ideas, and proposing
    theories about the past based on a variety of
    evidence.

13
Respecting Differing Opinions and Interpretations
  • Respecting the fact that there are different
    opinions on, and interpretations of, every issue.
  • Notes taken from Voices and Visions
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