Today, history is considered one of the most important subjects at the university. This basic subject must be taken and covered by every single student. The importance as well as popularity of history as a subject is presupposed by its nature. In other words, every person must know the development of humankind and its evolution. Moreover, by learning history, it is possible to understand the cause and result of some particular events. That is why history teachers try to pay enormous attention to the mentioned subject. They always try to improve the learning process and encourage students to learn history. Consequently, many teachers have published some articles, in which they depict various aspects of teaching history. One of them is Leah Shopkow, who teaches this subject at Indiana University. A long-time teacher, she has managed to investigate the learning styles of students and their attitude to history. Therefore, such a collection of knowledge and experience helps Shopkow identify the basic drawbacks of students while learning history.
The article How Many Sources Do I Need? describes Shopkows analysis of teaching history nowadays. The author manages to attract readers attention from the first lines of her article. Moreover, the author provides the analysis of the teaching process at the university. She admits that today, most students do not know how to understand history. They are not aware that they have to think as historians and evaluate events from a historical point of view. What is more, the author admits that student usually skip reading in depth . They prefer to read a brief description of some event, without paying attention to details. However, this happens because of the excessive burden on students. In other words, apart from history, there are many other subjects that should be covered by them. Shopkowbelieves that sometimes, it could be hard enough to understand some historical event because it requires a long time for reading and evaluating the case. That is why she proposes to spend much time on reading at class for a better understanding of the topic.
Another important issue covered in the article is the misunderstanding of sources. Shopkow admits that students do not know how to write a research paper since they are not sure of the number of sources they have to use while conducting a research. This is a big problem since every student has to know the basic aspect of academic writing and especially the kind and number of sources with which they must work. That is why Shopkow proposes students to read many sources and then choose the most suitable ones. Moreover, sources are the basic of every paper as they help to prove an idea and explain it in every aspect.
The article fully confirms the information that we have covered in class. While Hullar and Nelson have stated that modern students are overwhelmed by a sheer size of material covered, this idea is supported by Leah Shopkow as well. Another example covered in the article is the fact that history requires much attention and understanding. That is why it is important to read information deeply and even find time for evaluating a certain case or an event. Moreover, the article illustrates the importance of cooperation between a teacher and a student. In other words, sometimes, students need additional explanation, and teachers must be always ready to provide required help. In addition to confirming the information covered in class, this article also confirms the personal experience gathered in class. I have observed that many students simply do not know how many sources they have to use while conducting a research. Some students just cheat, while others try to find the exact number to choose from. I should admit that students need a simple explanation of how to find a source and choose it for a research. Additionally, I have noticed that students skip important information sometimes, they are not able to concentrate on a serious issue so they cannot understand history at all. Consequently, teachers help is inevitable.
Nevertheless, some examples in the article contradict the information covered in class. A good example is a brief reading of historical pieces. We have discussed in class that it is impossible to cover some historic material briefly, and all students agree that they usually read such information thoroughly. However, the author admits that almost all students consume information quickly and without additional attention.
Overall, the information provided in the article has a big impact on my future teaching. It helps to understand the significance of understanding history and not just learning it by heart. Additionally, the article teaches how to choose the right sources for research and how to evaluate them. Moreover, the author manages to persuade students that they must evaluate history like historians do, which will enable them to have a better understanding of the past. One of the most important facts that should be mentioned is that the TEKS addresses the articles content. It provides the skills and knowledge that must be used as a standard by every single student. Since history is the basic subject, relevant skills are a significant part of the learning process. The author manages to explain the alternative ways of understanding history and acquiring new skills and knowledge.
Learning history is not an easy task as it requires a deep understanding of the subject. Some students face problems while learning history. They are not capable of making a connection between an event and its aftermath. Moreover, they also have some difficulty in choosing the right sources to analyze. That is why Leah Shopkow in the article How Many Sources Do I Need? provides a profound analysis of the way students learn history. Moreover, she explains in detail why students learn history quite superficially. She also admits that history requires time for a deep understanding. In fact, the article fully coincides with the information covered in class and even adds some more to teaching history. The article is a great example for both students and teachers to understand the aspects of history together with all its peculiarities. Thus, the article can be used as a guidance to follow.
Monica is the author and she is working on a personal history sample now . She always dreamed of working in this position, working with texts and new information. After all, her credo in life is to develop daily in different fields and be an interesting person. She is fluent in three languages and holds a Masters Degree in Philology and Translator, and is also trying to master new fields in order to be knowledgeable in everything.