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Teaching the Eighteenth Century:
Historical Study through Performance

Sarah McCleave


1. This article originated in a poster session for ASECS Vancouver, "Teaching the Eighteenth Century," which was convened by Diane Kelley. I am grateful to her for the opportunity to display my work, learn from colleagues, and also for her kind assistance in developing this article. My poster was organized under the following headings: "The Learning Journey," "Workshop Experiences," "Application of Research to Practice: Reading," "Application of Research to Practice: Viewing," "Teamwork – New Perspectives," and "Ownership Facilitates Deep Engagement." It featured excerpts of past students' learning journals. I have integrated these and the accompanying illustrations into the present article. I would like to thank Craig Jackson and Dermot McBride for technical assistance with this project.


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