Longtime readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home know that we are enamored with Lendol Calder’s “uncoverage” model for teaching the United States history survey course. We have blogged about it here and here and here and here. (By the way, check out Lendol’s article, “For Teachers to Live, Professors Must Die: A Sermon on the Mount” in our Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation).
Though I have not received it yet, the new issue of The Journal of American History has an article in the “Textbooks and Teaching” section by Joel M. Sipress and David J. Voelker entited ” The End of the History Survey Course: The Rise and Fall of the Coverage Model.” I am eager to read it.
Jonathan Rees has read it and he blogs about the coverage model over at More or Less Bunk. Drawing from some thoughts from Pauline Maier in another article on teaching U.S. history, Rees offers three reasons why the “coverage model” must die. They are:
1. The coverage model promotes teaching from the textbook.
2. The coverage model promoted dull, institutional history
3. The coverage model forces you to use your textbook in a crunch.
Stay tuned for more on this topic in the near future.