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Historical Consciousness, Historical Media, and History Education
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Education.
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Historiemedvetande, historiska medier och historieundervisning (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis by publication contains an introductory summary chapter and three papers. The first paper presents a study of how the concept of historical consciousness has been defined, applied, and justified in Swedish history didactical research. It finds that there is consensus regarding the definition of what a historical consciousness is, but that there is variation in how the concept is applied. It is suggested that this variation makes historical con­sciousness a complex and vague concept.

     The second paper uses the results presented in the first paper as a point of departure and from thence argues for a broadened understanding of the concept of historical consciousness that incorporates its definition, applica­tion, development, and significance. The study includes research about his­torical consciousness primarily from Sweden, the UK, the USA and Canada. The paper presents a typology of historical consciousness and argues that level of contextualisation is what distinguishes different types of historical consciousnesses and that an ability to contextualise is also what makes his­torical consciousness an important concept for identity constitution and morality.

     The third paper proposes a methodological framework of historical con­sciousness based on the theory of historical consciosusness presented in the second paper. It presents arguments for why the framework of historical consciousness proposed can be useful for the analysis of historical media and it discusses how aspects of the framework can be applied in analysis. It then presents a textbook analysis that has been performed according to the stipulated framework and discusses its results regarding how textbooks can be used to analyse historical consciousness and its development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014. , 60 p.
Series
Licentiatavhandlingar från Forskarskolan Historiska Medier, 5
Keyword [en]
historical consciousness, historical media, history education, history didactics, uses of history, historical thinking
Keyword [sv]
historiemedvetande, historiska medier, historieundervisning, historiedidaktik, historiskt tänkande
National Category
History
Research subject
Utbildning och lärande
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14121ISBN: 978-91-7601-077-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14121DiVA: diva2:718382
Presentation
2014-06-02, Fö4, Högskolan Dalarna, Högskolegatan 2, 791 31, Falun, 09:30 (Swedish)
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Forskarskolan Historiska Medier (ForHiM)
Available from: 2014-05-27 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2015-01-19Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. The Concept of Historical Consciousness in Swedish History Didactical Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Concept of Historical Consciousness in Swedish History Didactical Research
2013 (English)In: Cultural and Religious Diversity and Its Implications for History Education / [ed] Joanna Wojdon, Schwalbach: Wochenshau Verlag , 2013, 1, 207-224 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article presents a study of how the concept of historical consciousness is defined, applied and justified in Swedish history didactical research. The study finds that there is a common ground for understanding what  a historical consciousness is, but that the concept is applied in a variety of ways. It is suggested that this variation is one reason why the concept is generally believed to be difficult to define and apply, since the application of the concept influences how a historical consciousness is interpreted. It is also suggested that the concept could be rendered more versatile by further theoretical investigation into how the concept’s definition and applications are connected.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Schwalbach: Wochenshau Verlag, 2013 Edition: 1
Series
Yearbook of the International Society for History Didactics, ISSN 1608-8751 ; 34
Keyword
historical consciousness, history didactics, Sweden, historiemedvetande, historiedidaktik
National Category
History
Research subject
Utbildning och lärande
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-14117 (URN)978-3-89974892-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2015-01-19Bibliographically approved
2. Towards an epistemological theory of historical consciousness
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards an epistemological theory of historical consciousness
2014 (English)In: Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures, and history education, ISSN 2203-7543, Vol. 1, no 1, 20-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the concept of historical consciousness. It argues that a focus on the epistemological problems of the concept can be a way of constructing a theory of the concept that both incorporates the diverse perspectives that exist in research about the concept and specifies how a historical consciousness can be developed in an individual.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The University of Newcastle, Australia: HERMES History Education Research Network, 2014
Keyword
historical consciousness, historical thinking, identity, history didactics, uses of history, historiemedvetande, historiskt tänkande, identitet, historiedidaktik, historiebruk
National Category
History
Research subject
Utbildning och lärande
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-14119 (URN)
Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2014-06-26Bibliographically approved
3. Historical Consciousness and Historical Media: A History Didactical Approach to Educational Media
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Historical Consciousness and Historical Media: A History Didactical Approach to Educational Media
2014 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 5, no 4, 497-516 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a theoretical approach to analysing educational media using the concept of historical consciousness. The concept of historical consciousness is defined and operationalised and its relevance for analysis of historical media discussed. One aspect of the theoretical framework proposed is then applied in an analysis of a history textbook account. The analysis finds that while the framework may be applied in analysis of textbooks, its results regarding historical consciousness are tentative and in need of further investigation from the perspective of how its users perceive and appropriate the textbook account. Still, it is argued that the framework proposed may be useful since it specifies how a historical consciousness may be manifested and what methodological approaches that can be used when analysing it.

Keyword
historical consciousness, uses of history, historical culture, historical media, historiemedvetande, historiebruk, historiekultur, historiska medier
National Category
History
Research subject
Utbildning och lärande
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-14120 (URN)10.3402/edui.v5.24282 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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