METACOGNITION AND THE HUMANITIES -( 5/7)
Humanities based Disciplines
- Here the focus is on
- explaining the relationships between contradictory developments
- explaining the conflicting documentary evidence.
- Students are expected to
- examine concrete historical circumstances
- develop defensible stands on controversial issues
- draw on detailed supporting evidence based on valid documentation
- Part of this process entails
- viewing the conclusions of others with a critical eye
- distinguishing true from false positions
- distinguishing main points from subpoints.
- In essence, the challenge in writing a paper is to
- argue clearly and convincingly a historical interpretation
- use concrete factual, contextual evidence.
- Content is of greater importance than format.
As one history instructor describes the rule of thumb, students should "give at least three different types
of reasons relevant to the issues and . . . details to support those reasons" (Langer, 1992, p. 79).
- The fields within this model include history of art, history of music, history of dance, and literary
history, some specialties in the social sciences, and, of course, history.