(Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation

(Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation

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This book examines the shifting portrayal of the nation in school textbooks in 14 countries during periods of rapid political, social, and economic change. Drawing on a range of analytic strategies, the authors examine history and civics textbooks, and the teaching of such texts, along with other prominent curricular materialsa€”childrena€™s readers, a required text penned by the head of state, a holocaust curriculum, etc.. The authors analyze the uses of history and pedagogy in building, reinforcing and/or redefining the nation and state especially in the light of challenges to its legitimacy. The primary focus is on countries in developing or transitional contexts. Issues include the teaching of democratic civics in a multiethnic state with little history of democratic governance; shifts in teaching about the Khmer Rouge in post-conflict Cambodia; childrena€™s readers used to define national space in former republics of the Soviet Union; the development of Holocaust education in a context where citizens were both victims and perpetuators of violence; the creation of a national past in Turkmenistan; and so forth. The case studies are supplemented by commentary, an introduction and conclusion.Michelle J. Bellino is a doctoral candidate in the Culture, Communities, and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research centers on the intersection of historical consciousness and civic development of youth inanbsp;...

Title:(Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation
Author:James H. Williams
Publisher:Springer - 2014-08-08


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