SASHT e-History Newsletter, Vol. 1 (October 2009)

Dear History Education colleagues,

Welcome to the first edition of the relaunched South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) newsletter. In the past an SASHT Newsletter was distributed from September 1997 to September 2005 after which the Special Edition of the Yesterday & Today was published in 2006 to fill the spectrum of needs. During the recent SASHT executive meeting in September 2009 it was realised that the Yesterday & Today cannot fill all the needs and that a regular SASHT Newsletter is required. The idea is to distribute a quarterly electronic newsletter to both members and non-members of the SASHT. The responsibility for executing this decision fell on our shoulders to act as the editors and here is the product. Please note members without email addresses will also receive hard copies via snail mail.

The rationale behind the creation of this newsletter is not only to promote the SASHT and its activities and to provide a service to its members but also to attempt to create a platform for History Educators to share ideas about good practice in terms of teaching and learning in our subject. As such we hope that this newsletter will travel far and wide to both members and non- members and in future become a voice for all History Educators.

In this the first edition we have a potpourri of contributions—mostly from us the editors. This was for purely practical reasons—to get the ball rolling. So please do not despair in subsequent editions the voices of others will be strongly heard. For example in the next edition we will read about the realistic way in which Dee Gillespie of Jeppe Girls’ High teaches Apartheid by means of a school-wide simulation. We will also be bringing you the project- based approach used by Claire Bastion of Northlands Girls’ High to deal with Heritage.

For more information about the SASHT and its flagship publication the Yesterday & Today, please visit our website at www.sashtw.co.za. Incidentally, the next edition of the Yesterday & Today will be published in January 2010 and will also be available on the SASHT website.

We can also announce that the next annual conference of the SASHT will be held during September 2010 in Bloemfontein at the University of the Free State. More details will be made available early next year.

Happy reading and please let us know what you think and let the contributions roll in for the idea is that this must be a practical publication for use by History Educators. We aim to have the next newsletter out by late February 2010. So please, pass it on to other History colleagues and pass contributions, your thoughts, comments and suggestions on to Simon Haw.

The Editors

In this edition:

  • Writing history examinations—Hints from the real world!
  • Dealing with source-based questions
  • What studying history at school meant to me
  • Examining photographs in history education—a critical approach
  • Book review by Johan Wasserman

Read or download the full newsletter here.