The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
21. Momentous Historical Events as Incentives to Explore History Making
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CHAPTER TWENTY -ONE
Momentous Historical Events as Incentives to Explore History Making
This chapter will present a project that was implemented in an extracurricular Greek syllabus called innovative school activities (ISA). ISA covers a wide range of subjects around three major axes (environmental, cultural, and health education) that are practiced for two hours weekly by both teacher and students. This means that learning is recontextualized into a more ample and restriction-free area (Bernstein, 1996) that opens up new possibilities for learning by being rid of the curriculum’s obligatory content-centred burden. Our cultural education project’s focus is to promote critical historical thinking and media literacy while studying a global historical event.
The event chosen by the students was the 9/11 attack in World Trade Center.
The outmost goal of our project was not to unravel and narrativize the series of the preexisting facts of the specific historical event, but to resist the totalizing impulse of traditional historiography in order to open up spaces for alternative voices or readings from within. Students were asked to act like historians and to function as detectives engaged in solving a puzzle. They were not expected to reach a unanimous final conclusion, but to get rid of the binary thought that usually dominates our historical understanding and realize that the search for truth is a constant struggle. In the meanwhile by researching they acquired a rounded...
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