SEVEN HISTORICAL THINKING CONCEPTS
To think historically, students need to be able to:
1. Establish historical significance
2. Use primary source evidence
3. Identify continuity and change
4. Analyse cause and effect
5. Take historical perspectives,
6. Understand the contestability of historical interpretations and,
7. feel empathy for people and their experiences in the past.
Taken together, these concepts tie “historical thinking” to competencies in “historical literacy.” In this case, “historical literacy” means gaining a deep understanding of historical events and processes through active engagement with historical texts.
Makes understanding these concepts simple and easy for students.