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Title: European history and identity in England's history education : a study of curriculum, policy, textbooks, and teachers' practice
Author: Karayianni, Eleni
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 8117
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2012
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Situated within the context of current concerns and debates about identity, multiculturalism, globalisation and the European project, this study explored contemporary policy and practice in history teaching. In particular, its main objective was to investigate the place of European history and identity in England's history education and the extent to which certain forms of identity are favoured over others. To achieve a coherent picture on this issue, the study examined curriculum, policy, history textbooks and teachers' practice. All of these elements were necessary not only to reach a sophisticated understanding of how national and European identities are treated in history education, but also to provide at least tentative explanations of the situation. The findings of this study indicate that European history has not managed to become a consideration for policy makers. Its place in curricula and policy documents remains limited and piecemeal. In a similar vein, textbooks seldom mention Europe and rarely treat it as a topic of study. In addition, when European history is discussed, it is usually in the context of rivalry and competition. As far as teachers' practice is concerned, the survey and teachers' interviews that were conducted indicated that national history and national identity are clearly prioritised and emphasised while European history and identity are reduced as irrelevant and marginalised. Generally, the study provides important insights into the current state of history teaching in relation to identity formation and contributes to better understanding the forces that shape contemporary practice
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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