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Title:Using local history to apprentice undergraduate students into the prectices of the historian
Author:Ludlow, HelenISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:history education
higher education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470709464716
Abstract:To what extent do undergraduate history programmes in South Africa provide opportunities for junior students to achieve substantial understanding of the practice or discourse of the historian? The author's concern is that most undergraduate history students are excluded from an important dimension of the discipline - that of constructing history for themselves. She examines the insights of students working as apprentice historians in a local history project and concludes that there are three-fold benefits for students in engaging in work like that involved with the local history task: first, it broadens their understanding of the discipline; second, it does so in a way that allows students to see themselves as apprentice historians, with much enthusiasm for the enterprise of historical research; third, the task engages students with South African history, but avoids the ennui born of perceived overfamiliarity. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]