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Controversial issues and the nature of history: teachers’ views on controversial historical issues in Swedish lower secondary school
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (History and Education)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4500-5502
Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5177-547X
2023 (English)In: History Education Research Journal (HERJ), E-ISSN 2631-9713, Vol. 20, no 1, article id 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Controversial issues are often regarded as abundant in history education. Most topics can be regarded as controversial in one way or another. The purpose of this article is to analyse the way history teachers in Swedish lower secondary schools relate controversial issues to a particular view of the nature of the subject of history. By analysing statements from six teacher interviews which centred on the risks and opportunities associated with teaching about controversial issues, the authors were able to see a clear relation between views on controversial issues and views on the nature of history as such. The teachers’ reactions to the introduction of controversial issues, whether introduced by the teacher or by the students, was in many cases directly related to a specific view of the subject itself and its epistemological nature.

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UCL Press, 2023. Vol. 20, no 1, article id 8
Keywords [en]
controversial issues, Sweden, history teaching, epistemology
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History Didactics
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history of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-216776DOI: 10.14324/HERJ.20.1.08OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-216776DiVA, id: diva2:1812426
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Controversial issues in social studies education: A comparative study in subject didactics, Swedish Research CouncilTeaching Rival Histories: History Teachers? Epistemological Stances and Epistemic Switching, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-03642Swedish Research Council, 2018-03787Available from: 2023-11-16 Created: 2023-11-16 Last updated: 2023-11-16Bibliographically approved

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