Teaching history at the University of Wollongong
When Liz Ellis asked me to write a short article on teaching, I initially baulked. The literature on the nature and purpose of teaching is vast; indeed, 'education' is an academic field in its own right. I also believe that teaching is a highly idiosyncratic process, especially at tertiary level. What works for one lecturer may not work for another. So, what follows is a personal view of teaching history at the University ofWollongong. The article is divided into three sections: what I see to be the major aims and objectives in teaching history across the undergraduate spectrum, approaches to teaching that I have found to be successful and the links between individual research and teaching.