Teaching, Learning, and the Holocaust

Teaching, Learning, and the Holocaust

An Integrative Approach
Tinberg, Howard; Weisberger, Ronald
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01133-6
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Classroom study of the Holocaust evokes strong emotions in teachers and students. Teaching, Learning, and the Holocaust assesses challenges and approaches to teaching about the Holocaust through history and literature. Howard Tinberg and Ronald Weisberger apply methods and insights of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to examine issues in interdisciplinary teaching, with a focus on the community college setting. They discuss student learning and teacher effectiveness and offer guidance for teaching courses on the Holocaust, with relevance for other contexts involving trauma and atrocity.

Author Bio

Howard Tinberg is Professor of English at Bristol Community College. He is author of Writing with Consequence: What Writing Does in the Disciplines and (with Jean-Paul Nadeau) The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations.

Ronald Weisberger is Coordinator of Tutoring and Adjunct Professor of History at Bristol Community College.


A fascinating account of struggling with the Shoah within a community college setting and an exemplary piece of classroom research. Tinberg (English) and Weisberger (history) bring their own disciplinary perspectives to bear on the challenges of making sense of what ultimately defies understanding, making use of rich documentation from class notes and student writing.A concrete, thoughtful guide to teaching an important but difficult subject in a complex way, useful to both secondary and college-level teachers . . . a rich and critical case study of interdisciplinary teaching.

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Table of Contents

1. Contexts
2. Discipline
3. What We Knew and When We Knew It
4. Bystanders and Agents
5. Witnesses
6. Trauma
7. Reclaiming Faith
Appendix A: Course Syllabus
Appendix B: Reading Journal Template
Appendix C: Critical Research Project
Appendix D: Midterm and Final Exams

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