Abstract 6- Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 2009



Teaching Historical and Current Events from Multiple Perspectives: The Korean War and Six-Party talks

Lin Lin
State University of New York, Cortland

Yali Zhao
Georgia State University

Masato Ogawa
Indiana University Kokomo

John D. Hoge
University of Georgia


Comparing international history textbooks creates a perfect opportunity for students to see the complexity and controversy of history interpretation of certain events. Such a critical comparative approach helps students understand how people in different countries perceive and interpret the Korean War, its aftermath, and its effects on current international relationships. In this article, we suggest that teachers approach the Korean War and the Six-Party Talks in two ways: Six-Party Discussion Table motivation activities and analysis of middle school history textbook excerpts about the Korean War in the six countries. Detailed lesson plans and handouts are provided for teachers to facilitate these discussions. These include the directions and procedures for the activities, teachers’ guide, suggested answers, textbook excerpts from the United States, and textbook excerpts translated into English China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, and South Korea.

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