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Toward a New Curricular Paradigm in History for Urban Youth

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This paper on the Youth Historians in Harlem (YHH) study explores the relationship between youth research and history pedagogy, focusing on a new curricular approach to teaching and learning history in urban schools by infusing YPAR with theories of Historical Thinking. However, unlike traditional pedagogy that focuses on students (even critically) consuming historical knowledge, the YHH model centers on developing students’ ability to produce historical knowledge. Using qualitative and quantitative data methods, the results of the study illustrate that the YHH model can be an effective strategy for empowering youth of color and improving their academic literacies through community-based historical narratives, while creating a new curricular paradigm for history instruction and urban youth.