There is a debate about the relationship between history didactics, public history, and historical culture. Historical culture is a learning environment for history didactics. It shows many different ways in which the past is recreated in the present.
When the historical sciences and history didactics rejected their claim to objectivity, this gave rise to new dynamics and differences. But what about the multiplicity of perspectives?
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If we try to focus on the differentiation of empirical research in history didactics, we see that the German-speaking world is currently putting a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary teams like HiTCH.
Public history and history didactics are two subfields of history that focus on reaching the world outside the academy. A conversation...
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Leaps, travels, concepts, histories, and layers of time - the so-called Temporal Turn reminds us, at least, of the non-naturality of our everyday time practices. Which consequences result from that for history teaching and our research questions?
Pedagogías del Sur: The discussion topics in the field of research in teaching history are the hierarchic historiography-teaching relation; the definition of the epistemology of historical...
Der Streit um die Bedeutung von Fachkenntnissen für das historische Lernen im Vergleich zu den Methoden, Denkprinzipien oder Zielen ist alt. Aber Geschichte kann nicht ohne Gegenstände erzählt werden. Und eine Geschichtsdidaktik, für die Inhalte und damit Verbindlichkeiten zweitrangig werden, ist schlecht beraten.
Erkundigt man sich bei deutschen SeminarleiterInnen der sog. Zweiten Ausbildungsphase im Fach Geschichte danach, was sie als die Vor- und Nachteile des universitären Lehramtsstudiums ansehen, erhält man, ziemlich unabhängig vom jeweiligen Bundesland, für gewöhnlich die Antwort: Im Hinblick auf die fachdidaktischen Voraussetzungen – Stichworte Kompetenzorientierung, historisches Denken, Multiperspektivität – kämen die frisch Examinierten mit ausbaufähigen Grundlagen. Auch die Berufswissenschaften hinterließen belastbare Fundamente: Von heterogenen Klassen, den Anforderungen der Inklusion, pädagogischen Relevanzsetzungen, Fördern und Fordern immerhin hätten alle gehört. An einem aber mangele es den Jüngeren eklatant – dem Fachwissen.
Poor Québec history program! It is going through another round of ministerial revisions. This time, the competency-based approach of the current course of study was deemed “too radical.” In a recent report to the Minister of Education entitled “The meaning of history,” Jacques Beauchemin and Nadia Fahmy-Eid recommended to “reconcile the history program with its national framework” by reinstating the “narrative structure” into the organization of the program.
A national framework for history in school
The actual course of study, the authors claimed, lacks coherence and chronology and hinders the development of a “sense of shared memory.” The response of the educational community came fast and furious.
Our daily life as researchers is defined by research publications, literature reviews, reports about experiences and discussions, and proposals. That’s self-evident. Right? What is their role for us, in fact? How much do we still read, in order to write? Only very few of us manage to keep a complete survey of current publications, at the very least. Does the bibliographic informed and systematic reading, inevitably, overtax the academic individual today?
It seems to be a platitude: knowledge should not remain unexploited but, instead, be used for effective problem-solving in realistic situations. The discussions of the last few years about education and the development of competency models were characterized by this idea that – at first glance – appears reasonable.
Social functionalization of education and school
However, a closer look reveals that there are some risks: education is increasingly functionalized, and also exploited, in order to discipline and to manipulate. Social sciences and humanities, including history and civic education, are threatening to become a training camp for superficiality and simple explanations. As a consequence, rhetorical skills and the techniques of representation could be perfected without in-depth knowledge.