History in the making: constructions of 'nation' and 'citizen'

Halbert, Kelsey (2007) History in the making: constructions of 'nation' and 'citizen'. In: AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference, pp. 1-13. From: 2006 AARE Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Abstract

Citizenship education has undergone a revival in Australia over the past two decades in response to national historical milestones, such as the bicentenary of ‘settlement’, and issues such as globalisation and multiculturalism. History teaching is recognised by citizenship educators as promoting nationalism. A deconstruction of the ways in which the 2004 Queensland Senior Modern History syllabus presents ‘nation’ and ‘citizen’ raises questions about history teaching and citizenship more generally. This paper uses poststructuralist discourse analysis to highlight the ways in which students are discursively positioned. In conjunction with the analysis, Foucault’s concepts of technologies of the self and subjectification are used as a framework for arguing the significance of positioning students of history ambivalently as subjects of a global society as well as citizens of a nation. Analytical examples illuminate the position of the citizen and diminished presence of the nation. The nation is not the dominant point of orientation in the document, which also explores issues at an individual, community and global level. This indicates a shift from knowledgeable national citizens to the fostering of social subjects with capacities such as reflection, critical analysis, tolerance and evaluation. The education of ‘social’ subjects within the history syllabus encompasses many spheres of belonging and a dynamic view of citizenship education.

Item ID: 3024
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: history teaching; values education
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ISSN: 1324-9339
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 04:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 67%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 33%
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