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ERIC Number: ED531916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6173-5527-1
History Wars and the Classroom: Global Perspectives. Studies in the History of Education
Taylor, Tony, Ed.; Guyver, Robert, Ed.
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The book is entitled History Wars in the Classroom: Global Perspectives and examines how ten separate countries have experienced debates and disputes over the contested nature of the subject, for example the "Black Armband" and "Whitewash" factions in Australia who adopt opposingly celebratory or denigratory views of Australian history, especially when evaluating episodes of poor racial relations. There are also tensions between traditional/patriotic views of history teaching and reformed or "new" history. There are issues of political control of the curriculum and parallel issues of who writes it (very topical in England at the moment over two expat "big picture" historians who work at Harvard and Columbia (Niall Ferguson and Simon Schama)). Contents of this book include: (1) Legacies, Ruptures and Inertias: History in the Argentine School System, Maria Paula Gonzalez; (2) Under Siege from Right and Left: A Tale of the Australian School History Wars, Tony Taylor; (3) "We Were Allowed to Disagree, Because We Couldn't Agree on Anything": Seventeen Voices in Canadian Debates over History Education, Ruth Sandwell. (4) Controversiality and Consciousness: Contemporary History Education in Germany, Sylvia Semmet; (5) Denial in the Classroom: Political Origins of the Japanese Textbook Controversy, Tony Taylor; (6) "Little Is Taught or Learned in Schools": Debates over the Place of History in the New Zealand School Curriculum, Mark Sheehan; (7) Transforming Images of Nation-Building: Ideology and Nationalism in History School Textbooks in Putin's Russia, 2001-2010, Joseph Zajda; (8) Dealing with a Reign of Virtue: The Post-Apartheid South African School History Curriculum, Rob Sieborger; (9) The History Working Group and Beyond: A Case Study in the UK's History Quarrels, Robert Guyver; and (10) Wars and Rumors of War: The Rhetoric and Reality of History Education in the United States, Keith Barton.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Australia; Canada; Germany; Japan; New Zealand; Russia; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States