Different battlegrounds, similar concerns? The “history wars” and the teaching of history in Australia and England

Peterson, A. (2016) Different battlegrounds, similar concerns? The “history wars” and the teaching of history in Australia and England. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 46 (6). pp. 861-881. ISSN 0305-7925.

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Abstract

Debates about the purpose and content of history education in schools have been prevalent in most Westernised democratic nations over the last thirty years. At expense are essential questions concerning national identity/ies, competing narratives and the aims of history education. The impact of “history wars” have been felt within both Australia and England, as conservative commentators – including politicians and historians – have raised concerns about the depth and effectiveness of history education and have sought to make significant changes to the history curriculum for schools. This analysis examines the history wars in Australia and England, exploring the view that history education has been in danger and/or crisis and examining the curricular implications of a move toward greater recognition of national narratives. It raises some essential tensions that remain regarding two aspects of history teaching in both nations – (i) historiography and (ii) chronological understanding.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Professor Andrew Peterson
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 00:32
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15007

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