ERIC Number: ED454182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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National Identity and the History Curriculum in Northern Ireland: An Empirical Study of Students' Ideas and Beliefs.
Barton, Keith C.; McCully, Alan W.
This paper presents preliminary findings from a study of the historical understanding of secondary students age 12-15 years in Northern Ireland. The study investigated the ideas students had about history, the sources of those ideas, how those ideas related to their sense of identity, and how school history compared to other, less formal influences. Participants were 40 children at several different types of schools in different geographic regions. Data collection involved having students arrange historical pictures and complete formal, semi-structured interviews. Initial results from interviews with students who had completed the first year of the secondary curriculum indicated that they considered history strongly related to their sense of heritage and their personal connections to place and community. Many thought that school history should help them understand the contemporary conflict in Northern Ireland. Students learned about history from their families and others in their communities, and they demonstrated attachment to their heritage. Students discussed conflict in terms of religious antagonism, competition among organized groups (political parties or para-militaries) and efforts to obtain rights. (Contains 44 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)