ERIC Number: EJ817400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
More than a Single Best Narrative: Collective History and the Transformation of Historical Consciousness
Trofanenko, Brenda M.
Curriculum Inquiry, v38 n5 p579-603 Dec 2008
In establishing a collective history, past events are utilized to celebrate a nation's origins. While analysis of these events is often framed in knowing the single best narrative, the events themselves become of interest when examining how the interpretations remain the same or change over time. The recent bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804 offers an opportunity to examine such a change. This article investigates how students revealed a historical consciousness in realizing what purpose the expedition serves to a national identity. After analyzing conversations occurring among three eighth-grade students, this article explores the student responses to three interpretations, which bears important educational consequences and implications for the teaching and learning of history.
Descriptors: Nationalism, History Instruction, Student Attitudes, United States History, Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Curriculum, Student Reaction, Historical Interpretation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8
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