How important is history for migrant children’s identity? Preliminary quantitative research with over 400 students from Vienna, aged ten to fifteen, aims to find out.
Historical culture has shifted towards fantasy. A fitting example is that toy manufacturers, such as Lego and Playmobil, have started to implement dragons into their worlds.
Specialists in the teaching of the natural sciences have long recognised kindergarten as a key environment in forming young persons’ interest and abilities in science. Do kindergartens also include historical and civic education?
Children’s rooms? History teachers often know little or nothing about how their pupils encounter history or which historical cultural products they should actually use to engage their protégés. Even relevant top-sellers–such as the computer game Assassin’s Creed in the umpteenth version–are, if one inquires in teacher training courses, unknown places on the historical cultural map.
However, far more traditional approaches, which students encounter in everyday life, also often go unnoticed. Nevertheless, these approaches leave traces that affect students’ ideas about the past. During a visit to a Catholic church in Austria in December 2015, where I had the opportunity to look at the pictures of the Passion of Christ hanging there, in which Roman soldiers were also shown, I became aware of the children.