Constructing an historical narrative : change and continuity in women's lives in China

Henderson, Deborah J. (2007) Constructing an historical narrative : change and continuity in women's lives in China. QHistory, pp. 4-12.

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This article explores the significance of historical narratives for teaching history in Australia in three ways. First, it contextualises some recent claims and assumptions about the nature and purpose of historical narrative with reference to developments in history teaching in Australia. Second, it explicates some features of a transnational narrative written for Australian students. This narrative on the changes and continuities in women’s lives in China is presented with an accompanying glossary as the third and final segment of the article. In framing the analysis in this way, the article aims to demonstrate that narrative portrayals of the continuities and changes of past ideas and events are always determined by the standpoint of the historian and, unlike recent claims, are open to critique.

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ID Code: 18639
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: historical narratives, women in China, change and continuity, history curriculum, teaching history
ISSN: 1834-5131
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Queensland History Teachers' Association
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2009 23:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:29

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