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Knowledgeable people disagree about what happened in the past, and what the past means to us today. Teachers who aim to teach historical thinking, or anything more than a superficial understanding of history, need to help their students understand why there may be differing accounts about the same people and events in the past.

The HistoryConcepts survey provides a way to look at how your own students understand the existence of different accounts. It can help you plan more effective lessons and units. The survey does not rely on knowledge of specific content, and only takes 15 minutes for students to complete. It has been tested with hundreds of students, from grade 8 up to the end of an undergraduate degree.

Try taking the survey yourself to see what it’s like!