Values discourse in the history classroom

Halbert, Kelsey (2007) Values discourse in the history classroom. The International Journal of Learning, 14 (3). pp. 251-257.

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Abstract

History is a value-laden discipline. Unlike ‘old’ history with its focus on facts and ‘knowledge for its own sake’, current history teaching in Australia is critically engaged with the ideals of citizenship and values as attached to actions and events. The changing purpose of history teaching is influenced by recent social and political pressures to instil values in a population deemed to be in moral decline. This paper draws on an analysis of the values discourse within the history curriculum. Deconstruction of the ‘nation’ and the ‘citizen’ in the Queensland Senior Modern History syllabus combined with preliminary observation and interview data with history teachers and students forms a basis for discussion. This paper also addresses the current debate surrounding the framework of nine key values prioritised, and funded, by the Australian government. In a context of social change and educational accountability, the relevance of history teaching may increasingly be values exploration and the fostering of a new global and ethical citizenship. Values and citizenship education within the history classroom offers exciting possibilities coupled with the risk of narrow interpretation and pressure to “instil” rather than critic.

Item ID: 2431
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: history teaching; values education; citizenship education; Australia
ISSN: 1447-9540
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009 03:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 80%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 80%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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