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Contribution to Book
Threshold 9? Teaching Possible Futures
Teaching Big History (2014)
  • Philip Novak, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Dominican University of California
  • Martin Anderson, Department of History, Dominican University of California
  • J. Daniel May, Big History Program, Dominican University of California
  • Richard B. Simon, Department of Literature and Languages, Dominican University of California
  • Neal Wolfe, Department of Art, Art History and Design, Dominican University of California
  • Kiowa Bower, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dominican University of California
  • Debbie Daunt, Department of Nursing, Dominican University of California
Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises.

This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.
  • Big History,
  • Human History,
  • Natural History
Publication Date
December, 2014
Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand and Thomas Burke
University of California Press
Citation Information
Philip Novak, Martin Anderson, J. Daniel May, Richard B. Simon, et al.. "Threshold 9? Teaching Possible Futures" Oakland, CATeaching Big History (2014) p. 232 - 260
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