Anna Clark (2008) History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom. UNSW Press, Sydney, 178 pages
Henderson, Deborah J. (2010) Anna Clark (2008) History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom. UNSW Press, Sydney, 178 pages. Australian Educational Researcher, 37(1), pp. 149-151.
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“History’s Children” stems from Anna Clark’s 2004 postdoctoral research into the ways in which Australian students connect with the past, and aims at bringing some
classroom perspectives into the public debates about Australian history education.
Although the title makes reference to the “History Wars”, there is little evidence of contestation, engagement, passion or intellectual excitement in Clark’s conclusions
about what happens in history classrooms. Rather, Clark’s small focus groups with 182 high school students in 34 high schools around Australia indicate that “it got a bit
dismal hearing student after student being so dismissive of Australian history” (p. 143). Apart from some enthusiasm for the study of Australians at war, a sort of resigned
boredom seems to characterise what students have to say about learning Australian history, despite their acknowledgement that it is important to “know about” it.
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|Keywords:||Australian History, history teaching, history curriculum, national history curriculum, history wars|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)|
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) > Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399)
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Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
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