Free Workshop on “Decoding” History


In “Decoding History,” Dr. Pace will lead participants through the process he has developed to help teachers identify the “bottlenecks” that occur when key assumptions about history remain hidden in invisible disciplinary “code.” He will introduce the decoding process and share videos of faculty working to define the often unstated processes that students must master to succeed in history. After seeing examples of successful strategies for decoding history, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what remains “untaught” in their own classrooms.

“Decoding History”
A workshop with historian David Pace

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
9:00-10:30 am

Health Sciences & Nursing Building, Room 135
(Building #255 on this map)
The University of Texas at El Paso

Come prepared: read the article and visit the History Learning Project website

David Pace, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University and co-author of Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking (2004). He is a Fellow in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and a recipient of the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award. Over the past six years he has been one of the directors of the History Learning Project, which seeks to define the kinds of operations required of students in college-level history courses and to devise effective strategies.

A native of Houston, Dr. Pace specializes in modern European and cultural history and has authored scholarly studies on influential French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss and on French reactions to the atomic bomb and nuclear energy. He has also developed a number of innovative history courses, including one on “Visions of the Future” and one on “Paris and Berlin in the 1920s” (a version of which he taught in Paris). For more than a decade he served as co-director of Indiana University’s Freshman Learning Project, a program that helps faculty across campus develop new ways of overcoming bottlenecks in to learning in large introductory classes.

Professional development (CPE) credit is available for interested teachers
Visitor Parking is available on the UTEP campus

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