(Published on 4 March 2014)

2014 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a Summer Institute in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver on 7-14 July 2014 in Vancouver, BC. 

This intensive six-day course on historical thinking will be facilitated by Professor Peter Seixas, Director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness and The Historical Thinking Project. More information: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/historical-thinking-summer-institute-2014/

Our thanks to THEN/HiER for providing a number of travel bursaries for eligible participants, http://thenhier.ca/en/content/thenhier-funding-programs

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What is a Benchmark?

<p>John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &amp; Marketing History,<br />Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections</p>

A surveyor cut a "benchmark" into a stone or a wall when measuring the altitude and/or level of a tract of land. A bracket called a "bench" was secured in the cut to mount the surveying equipment, and all subsequent measurements were made in reference to the position and height of that mark.

The term "benchmark" was first used around 1842 to refer to a standard of quality by which achievement may be measured.

The foundation documents available through the Benchmarks site attempt to help teachers establish standards for assessing student learning of the modes of thought that constitute historical thinking.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History,
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections