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ERIC Number: EJ762529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
"Best Not to Forget Them": Secondary Students' Judgments of Historical Significance in Northern Ireland
Barton, Keith C.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v33 n1 p9-44 Win 2005
This study investigated Catholic and Protestant students' ideas about historical significance in Northern Ireland. The research was conducted in two secondary schools in a medium-sized rural town, and data were derived from a ranking task and semi-structured interview with 40 students, aged 12-17, equally divided between the two communities. Students of both backgrounds emphasized the importance of community conflict and remembrance; in addition, Catholics emphasized fairness and equal rights, while Protestants focused on the political origin and status of Northern Ireland. These findings differ substantially from previous research in the U.S., and students' responses point to the role that societal context plays in their developing frameworks of historical understanding. Northern Ireland students' perspectives, however, were not simple reflections of either Unionist or Nationalist viewpoints; instead, students often drew from vernacular traditions to construct criteria of significance that crossed community boundaries. The following are appended: (1) Interview Protocol; and (2) Students' Responses and Explanations. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)