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Educ. Sci. 2012, 2(4), 208-217; doi:10.3390/educsci2040208
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Behind the Battle Lines of History as Politics: An International and Intergenerational Methodology for Testing the Social Identity Thesis of History Education

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Received: 8 November 2012; Accepted: 21 November 2012 / Published: 23 November 2012
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Abstract: This article critiques popular assumptions that underlie the ongoing politicisation of school history curriculum as an agent of social identity and behaviour. It raises some key research questions which need further investigation and suggests a potential methodology for establishing evidence-based understanding of the relationship between history education, historical consciousness, identity politics and civil discord. The proposed methodology is based on comparative research of the lived experience of history education and social disposition in two generations in three modern democratic nations each of which represent in their recent histories different models of social integration. The article suggests that without such evidence-based theorisation of the relationship between historical consciousness and social identity, the evolution of history curricula will remain vulnerable to the ongoing incursions of hostile but poorly conceived political rhetoric.
Keywords: history education; social identity; historical consciousness history education; social identity; historical consciousness
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Taylor, T.; Collins, S. Behind the Battle Lines of History as Politics: An International and Intergenerational Methodology for Testing the Social Identity Thesis of History Education. Educ. Sci. 2012, 2, 208-217.

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Taylor T, Collins S. Behind the Battle Lines of History as Politics: An International and Intergenerational Methodology for Testing the Social Identity Thesis of History Education. Education Sciences. 2012; 2(4):208-217.

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Taylor, Tony; Collins, Sue. 2012. "Behind the Battle Lines of History as Politics: An International and Intergenerational Methodology for Testing the Social Identity Thesis of History Education." Educ. Sci. 2, no. 4: 208-217.


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