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ERIC Number: EJ1069463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0610
"They Took Ireland Away from Us and We've Got to Fight to Get It Back." Using Fictional Characters to Explore the Relationship between Historical Interpretation and Contemporary Attitudes
McCully, Alan; Pilgrim, Nigel
Teaching History, n114 p17-21 2004
Helping students to understand how and why people in the present interpret the past differently is a challenge. It is also vital if we are to develop an understanding of why the meanings we ascribe to the past are not fixed, but rather are subject to our own prejudices or goals. A number of articles in previous editions have explored how students might start to explore the particular interpretations advanced in film, by historians or on the web. But what about exploring the way that particular "individuals" are both shaped by--and shape--their interpretations of history? Indeed, can we begin to engage students in a process of deconstructing their very "own" interpretations? This would be a powerful--and radical--approach in any context, but in Northern Ireland it is doubly so. Alan McCully and Nigel Pilgrim have written previously in "Teaching History" about the need for students in Northern Ireland to engage more directly with their emotional responses to the past and its links with the present. In this article they introduce us to a fascinating way to help "all" our students, wherever they live, do exactly that. [A combined list of references and notes is provided.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)