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ERIC Number: EJ1204059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
From Sensitive Historical Issues to History Teachers' Sensibility: A Look across and within Countries
Goldberg, Tsafrir; Wagner, Wolfgang; Petrovic, Nebojša
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v27 n1 p7-38 2019
The present study is about sensitive issues in history teaching that have probably been experienced by most teachers in the field. We conducted a questionnaire study in Austria, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands to assess which issues were experienced as sensitive in class, what the reasons were for sensitivity, and what personal and institutional conditions might help teachers in overcoming such situations. Results were analysed from the perspective of both collective and individual differences. At the collective level it was found that contrary to previous studies teachers tended to attribute low sensitivity to difficult histories, to teach sensitive issues frequently and they reported little intervention and few sanctions from peers or superiors. Historical issue sensitivity was found to have some relationship to national political climate, external threat and teacher organization. From an individual difference perspective it appeared that sensitivity was not only a characteristic of an issue or topic, but was also bound to the sensibility of the teachers and their perceptions of the teaching setting. The findings are discussed in the context of nations' self-image and the positive side-effects of analysing sensitive issues in class, with an emphasis on teacher perception, agency and need for support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Belarus; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Israel; Italy; Netherlands; Serbia