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ERIC Number: EJ787812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 116
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Social Studies Teachers' Conceptions of History: Calling on Historiography
Yilmaz, Kaya
Journal of Educational Research, v101 n3 p158-176 Jan-Feb 2008
In this qualitative research study, the author investigated social studies teachers' conceptions of history by conducting in-depth, semistructured interviews with 12 in-service teachers. Results indicated that participants tended to look at the outcome of historical knowledge construction without considering its process or mentioning forces that shape historical writing. Rather than considering the whole relationship or interplay between the past, the recorded past, and the historian, participants observed a part of the relationship among distinctive yet interrelated components of history. A realistic view of the world and a naive epistemological view of history seemed to characterize the conceptions of most participants who viewed history as objective knowledge. Most participants did not perceive the relevancy of intellectual foundations of history to their profession and professional development. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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