Research Seminar Enhancing historical reasoning: measuring and developing students' epistemological understanding

Research Seminar Enhancing historical reasoning: measuring and developing students' epistemological understanding

09 September 2019

13:00 - 13:30

Check-in with coffee / tea

Location: University Library, Singel 425 Amsterdam

13:30 - 14:00

Welcome and Introduction, Carla van Boxtel, University of Amsterdam

14:00 - 14:35

Parallel round tables

A.1 Operationalizations of scientific reasoning and argumentation in quantitative studies of epistemic beliefs - Diana Ouellette, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/Universität München

A.2 Fostering historical writing and epistemological beliefs? Results of an intervention study at upper secondary schools in German-speaking Switzerland
Monika Waldis, Martin Nitsche & Kristine Gollin, University of Applied Sciences North Western Switzerland

14:40 - 15:15

Parallel round tables

B.1 Historical epistemology: For what and for whom? - Gabriel Reich, Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S.A.

B.2 Conceptualizing and Measuring Diverse Students’ Historical Argumentation and Evidence Use Across Three Years in Middle School Social Studies - Chauncey Monte-Sano, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

15:15 - 16:15

Poster session

C.1 Developing a reliable instrument for large-scale assessment of students’ epistemological understanding of history - Iris Hulders, Michiel Voet & Bram De Wever, Ghent University

C.2 Multicausal mind map in History - Manuel Lucero & Manuel Montanero, University of Extremadura, Spain

C.3 Changing epistemological beliefs in out-of-school labs: The impact of different authentic learning material on students’ beliefs about history - Marcel Mierwald, Ruhr-University Bochum; Thomas Lehmann, University of Bremen &  Nicola Brauch, Ruhr-University Bochum

C.4 To trust or not to trust? Grade 9 students' evaluation of the trustworthiness of sources. Maartje van der Eem, Marieke Smelt, Jannet van Drie, Carla van Boxtel (University of Amsterdam) Saskia Brand-Gruwel (Open University)

C.5 How are reasoning and argumentation operationalized within epistemic beliefs research across school levels, different socioscientific topics and cultures? - Shermain Puah, Selina Anwander and Jannette Vargas, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München

16:15 - 17:00

Panel discussion

Panel: Michael Weinstock, Diana Oullette, Arthur Chapman, Martin Nitsche, Chauncey Monte-Sano  Moderator: Michiel Voet

18:00 - 18:00

Dinner at De Brakke Grond (1st flour), Nes 43, Amsterdam

10 September 2019

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote Michael Weinstock, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Comparing perspectives on epistemic thinking, the implications of various perspectives for history education and challenges to the epistemology-oriented history classroom

Chair: Jannet van Drie

10:00 - 10:35

Parallel round tables

D.1 Student epistemological beliefs during historical analyses of documents – a pilot of “RiCH” - Jan Scheller & Martin Nitsche, FHNW School of Education, Arau

D.2 'A scaffold to break out of the cage?’ Children’s epistemic beliefs about history and how to address them - Caitríona Ní Cassaithe, Dublin City University


10:35 - 11:35

Poster session  with coffee / tea

E.1 The interplay between historical thinking and epistemological beliefs: A case-study with history teachers in Flanders - Marjolein Wilke,  Karel van Nieuwenhuyse, KU Leuven

E.2 A qualitative case study: Disrupting the "Rosie the Riveter" White Munitions Worker Trope - Molly Siebert, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

E.3 The discursive construction of teacher knowledge in a community of practice: The case of school desegregation - Yonghee Suh, Old Dominion University; Brian Daugherity, Virginia Commonwealth University, Joseph Smith, Spotsylvania Middle School, U.S.A.

E.4 The intersection of epistemological beliefs and historical reasoning in students’ writing - Kristin Sendur, Carla van Boxtel, Jannet van Drie, University of Amsterdam

E.5 Writing about historical significance: Differences between novices and experts - Johan van Driel, Jannet van Drie, Carla van Boxtel, University of Amsterdam

E.6 How do teachers foster causal reasoning in their historical explanation? - Manuel Montanero and Manuel Lucero, University of Extremadura


11:40 - 12:15

Parallel round tables

F.1 From the ideals of epistemological understanding to the reality of rote work: observing Finnish primary school history lessons - Amna Khawaja, University of Helsinki

F.2 Formative assessment of epistemological beliefs - Uddhava Rozendal, Jannet van Drie, Carla van Boxtel, University of Amsterdam


12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:50

Parallel round tables

G.1 When multiperspectivity leads to conflicting objects about the Holocaust in history education - Björn Wansink, Sanne Akkerman, Utrecht University

G.2 Indigenous histories and non-Indigenous teachers: Sense-making across epistemologies and identities - Jenni Conrad, University of Washington, U.S.A.

14:15 - 16:00

Museum visit - Amsterdam Museum

Kalverstraat 92, Auditorium
You can visit the Amsterdam Museum. During this time slot, the Auditorium is available when you want to work / meet with other participants.

16:00 - 17:00

Closing and drinks

Auditorium, Amsterdam Museum

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