Curriculum Design and Revision
During 2010, the revision of the Texas K- 12 social studies standards made national and international headlines. Lost in the media circus, however, was any discussion of what it means to know, learn, and teach history. A developing field of inquiry seeks to understand precisely what happens when students try to think about history. This effort to understand “historical thinking” bears profound implications for all who teach about the past in classrooms, at historic sites, or around the family dinner table.
Keith Erekson has designed undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level courses on history and history teaching. He has also advised curriculum development in the United States, Mexico, and Australia at the request of K-12 schools, university departments, governments, and the American Historical Association.
SELECTED RECENT WORK
University of California-Berkeley, doctoral course on teaching, Berkeley, CA, 2013
History Survey Project, introductory history courses, El Paso, TX, 2012-2013
American Historical Association, Tuning Project, Washington, DC, 2012-2013
Universidade Autonóma de Chihuahua, licenciado en historia (undergraduate curriculum), México, 2011
Texas Legislature, Senate and House Education Committees, 2011
Australian National History Conference, Sydney, 2011
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Kansas City, MO, 2010
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, introductory history courses, 2010
Humanities Texas, summer teacher institutes, 2010