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Inquiring into the political dimension of history classroom practices: Suggestions for epistemological criteria and analytical concepts
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9876-6255
2019 (English)In: Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education, E-ISSN 2203-7543, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 15-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, three epistemological criteria are suggested against which analytical frameworks for studying the political dimension of history classroom practices can be deemed viable. The suggested criteria - (I) the primacy of practice, (II) the primacy of empirical openness and (III) the primacy of the political - are articulated by conducting critical and affirmative readings of previously established concepts, primarily historical consciousness. To clarify their application, the criteria are positioned in relation to the premises and concepts of a potential framework; namely, the logics of critical explanation (Glynos & Howarth, 2007), the viability of which is argued for theoretically and empirically.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
HERMES History Education Research Network, School of Education, The University of Newcastle , 2019. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 15-28
Keywords [en]
History Education, History Wars, Politics, Classroom Practice
National Category
Didactics Pedagogy History
Research subject
Education; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75848ISI: 000481624600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-75848DiVA, id: diva2:1344671
Available from: 2019-08-21 Created: 2019-08-21 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Om historieämnets politiska dimension: diskursiva logiker i didaktisk praktik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om historieämnets politiska dimension: diskursiva logiker i didaktisk praktik
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, history education is often a contested issue over which political frontiers are drawn between adversaries advocating fundamentally different visions of what constitutes a desirable curriculum and, by extension, a desirable society. At present, this dimension is in need of increased attention, considering that populist rhetoric has gained a foothold in mainstream politics and that history, as a school subject, continues to serve the purpose of constituting “the people”, often in national and ethnic terms. Against this background, the aim of this thesis is to comprehensively grasp the political dimension of history education by conducting methodological, empirical and theoretical investigations.

The thesis draws on the pragmatist philosophy of democratic education as well as on post-structuralist theories of history, antagonism and populism. Methodologically, the thesis make use of the logics of critical explanation framework (LCE) to empirically explore how history classroom practices as well as contemporary right-wing populist discourse operate.

The results show that the LCE methodology constitutes a viable analytical vocabulary for generating knowledge of the political dimension of history education. Furthermore, the thesis offers empirical knowledge about how and why practices of history education are interchangeably politicised and rendered stable by teachers, students and members of the public. Theoretically, populism, as a discursive logic, is criticised and then reconceptualised into an educative mode by which history teaching practices can be enacted. Collectively, the results provide a comprehensive understanding of the political dimension of history education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2019. p. 122
Series
Örebro Studies in Education, ISSN 1404-9570 ; 60
Series
Örebro Studies in Educational Sciences with an Emphasis on Didactics ; 19
Keywords
History Education, History Didactics, History Wars, Classroom Practice, Political Discourse Theory, Logics, Populism
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75192 (URN)978-91-7529-300-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-10-11, Örebro universitet, Prismahuset, Hörsal P1, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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