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The Concept of Historical Consciousness in Swedish History Didactical Research
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (History and Education)
2013 (English)In: Cultural and Religious Diversity and Its Implications for History Education / [ed] Joanna Wojdon, Schwalbach: Wochenschau Verlag , 2013, 207-224 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article presents a study of how the concept of historical consciousness is defined, applied and justified in Swedish history didactical research. The study finds that there is a common ground for understanding what  a historical consciousness is, but that the concept is applied in a variety of ways. It is suggested that this variation is one reason why the concept is generally believed to be difficult to define and apply, since the application of the concept influences how a historical consciousness is interpreted. It is also suggested that the concept could be rendered more versatile by further theoretical investigation into how the concept’s definition and applications are connected.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Schwalbach: Wochenschau Verlag , 2013. 207-224 p.
Series
Yearbook of the International Society for History Didactics, ISSN 1608-8751 ; 34
Keyword [sv]
historiemedvetande, historiedidaktik
National Category
History Didactics
Research subject
didactics of history
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66723ISBN: 978-3-89974892-5 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-66723DiVA: diva2:608969
Available from: 2013-03-03 Created: 2013-03-03 Last updated: 2014-11-13Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Historical Consciousness, Historical Media, and History Education
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2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Historiemedvetande, historiska medier och historieundervisning
Abstract [en]

This thesis by publication contains an introductory summary chapter and three papers. The first paper presents a study of how the concept of historical consciousness has been defined, applied, and justified in Swedish history didactical research. It finds that there is consensus regarding the definition of what a historical consciousness is, but that there is variation in how the concept is applied. It is suggested that this variation makes historical con­sciousness a complex and vague concept.

     The second paper uses the results presented in the first paper as a point of departure and from thence argues for a broadened understanding of the concept of historical consciousness that incorporates its definition, applica­tion, development, and significance. The study includes research about his­torical consciousness primarily from Sweden, the UK, the USA and Canada. The paper presents a typology of historical consciousness and argues that level of contextualisation is what distinguishes different types of historical consciousnesses and that an ability to contextualise is also what makes his­torical consciousness an important concept for identity constitution and morality.

     The third paper proposes a methodological framework of historical con­sciousness based on the theory of historical consciosusness presented in the second paper. It presents arguments for why the framework of historical consciousness proposed can be useful for the analysis of historical media and it discusses how aspects of the framework can be applied in analysis. It then presents a textbook analysis that has been performed according to the stipulated framework and discusses its results regarding how textbooks can be used to analyse historical consciousness and its development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2014. 60 p.
Series
Licentiatavhandlingar från Forskarskolan Historiska medier, 5
Keyword
historical consciousness, historical media, history education, uses of history, historical thinking, history didactics, historiemedvetande, historiska medier, historieundervisning, historiebruk, historiskt tänkande, historiedidaktik
National Category
History
Research subject
history of education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88599 (URN)978-91-7601-077-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2014-06-02, Fö4, Högskolan Dalarna, Högskolegatan 2, 791 31, Falun, 09:30 (Swedish)
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Forskarskolan Historiska Medier (ForHiM)
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-09 Last updated: 2014-05-15Bibliographically approved

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