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History as Knowledge

Ethical Values and Meaning in Encounters with History

Niklas Ammert

What do you know when you know something about history? What is important to know and how do you learn? Adolescents encounter history everywhere: at school, in the family, in media and society. But how do adolescents perceive history and in what ways do aspects of meaning and ethical values affect the encounters with history? This study discusses how Swedish adolescents and teachers encounter, communicate and define knowledge about history, analysing the process from curricula and history textbooks to the world of the pupils.
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Chapter 5. Pupils’ meaning-making in encountering history


Birgitta E. Gustafsson

It is precisely the reflection that is really important. It can be a bit tricky, too. Before it was only learning it, but now you have to think and reason for yourself. That is what history is.

In middle school we worked a lot with kings and stuff, and now when we work with history it is not just history; it is a little more about what is ethically right and so on.

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