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Investigating early years and primary teachers local history choices


Parker, D and Johnston, R, Investigating early years and primary teachers local history choices, The Social Educator, 32, (3) pp. 13 - 22. ISSN 1328-3480 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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This paper discusses a small-scale study to explore teachers' views of history teaching and learning at the primary level in a rural district of Tasmania. Previous studies highlight the need for history teaching research in Australia, particularly at the primary school level. The qualitative research on which the paper is based involved in-depth interviews with three teachers, about history teaching through local area studies. The interview process incorporated photographs as symbolic forms of representation to foster reflection and meaning making. Findings suggest participant teachers were willing to include· difficult histories in their teaching and valued contextualised learning as a way to build a collective sense of identity and citizenship. Interpretation, critical inquiry and local/global connections in teaching primary children history tended to be overlooked and suggest opportunities for further attention.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history teaching, teachers' choices, early years, primary, visual imagery,
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Johnston, R (Dr Robbie Johnston)
ID Code:98707
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-02-26
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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