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ERIC Number: EJ897901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Pupils and School History in France and Switzerland
Audigier, Francois; Fink, Nadine
Education 3-13, v38 n3 p329-339 Aug 2010
This paper describes five studies, based on questionnaires and interviews with pupils in primary and lower secondary schools, in France and in Switzerland, over the past two decades. It explores the ways in which pupils' attitudes to history change during the transition between primary and secondary school, and investigates pupils' views about the importance of history education, the teaching approaches they experience, and their perceptions of the reasons for learning history. Findings of the studies suggest that pupils are generally taught in a didactic way, while they prefer visits and debates, and that while some students feel that history is relevant to them others do not, and many pupils do not think learning history has any utility. Older students may see knowledge of history as a cultural asset but are more interested in personal links with the past rather than history as a study of changing groups and societies. Students do not appreciate the skills of thinking, reflection, and judgement, which should be integral to the processes of historical enquiry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Switzerland