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School Trips to Historical Sites: Pupils' Cognitive, Affective and Physical Experiences from Visits to Auschwitz
Dalarna University, School of Teacher Education, Educational Work. (Forskningsgruppen för de samhällsorienterande ämnenas didaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9541-2125
2024 (English)In: History Education Research Journal (HERJ), E-ISSN 2631-9713, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

History can be experienced in many ways, including visits to historical sites. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly common for Swedish schools to organise trips for their pupils to historical sites, in this case, to concentration camps. This article analyses how cognitive, affective, and physical experiences frame pupils' interpretations of historical sites and discusses how visits to historical sites might contribute to history education. The research questions we examine are as follows: What forms of experience did the pupils express, and how did these forms relate to each other? What implications might these expressed experiences pose for how teachers organise their teaching, including trips to Holocaust memorial sites? This article analyses seminars that comprised part of the examinable work in a course that involved a study trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Empirical data were analysed using a model in which cognitive, affective and physical experiences were identified and described. The results demonstrate how cognitive, affective and physical responses interact with pupils’ experiences. Pupils described how the school trip contributed to their understanding of what is and is not possible to know, and to their will to influence society. Thus, the results indicate that physical encounters with historical sites can create new opportunities for pupils’ learning of history and the meaning-making that comes from it.

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2024. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 1-18
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Historical sites, Study trips, Teaching and learning about the Holocaust, Cognitive Affective and Physical Experiences
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History Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-47905DOI: 10.14324/HERJ.21.1.03OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-47905DiVA, id: diva2:1830791
Available from: 2024-01-23 Created: 2024-01-23 Last updated: 2024-03-18

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