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History Education as Content, Methods or Orientation?

A Study of Curriculum Prescriptions, Teacher-made Tasks and Student Strategies

David Rosenlund

Historical content, historical methods and historical orientation are three aspects that may be taught in history education. This study examines the emphases which are included in formal curricula texts and those which are included in teacher-made tasks. The results show that the curricula of history education contains historical content, orientation and methods, yet history teachers focus almost exclusively on the historical content. In a second step, this study examines the strategies with which students may process and combine elements from the three emphases of content, orientation and methods. The results provide insight into what strategies the students use and how they process the relationship between historical knowledge, historical methods and historical orientation.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Rosenlund, David, 1969- author. Title: History education as content, methods or orientation? : a study of curriculum prescriptions, teacher-made tasks and student strategies /David Rosenlund. Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016028445 | ISBN 9783631676721 Subjects: LCSH: History—Study and teaching. Classification: LCC D16.2 .R754 2016 | DDC 907.1—dc23 LC record available at

Cover image: Triple, 2016. © Ylva Rosenlund

ISBN 978-3-631-67672-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-07100-9 (E-Book) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69493-0 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-69494-7 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-07100-9 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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