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Explaining the Third Reich: Swedish students' causal reasoning about the Nazi seizure of power in Germany
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3103-9229
2018 (English)In: Curriculum Journal, ISSN 0958-5176, E-ISSN 1469-3704, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 60-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The topic of this study is how Swedish students aged 15-16 use causal reasoning in history when given a high-stakes task about explaining a historically significant event, the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany. The study is based on student texts from the Swedish national test in history. The student texts are mainly analysed with regards to how many, and what kinds of, causal factors are used by the students. The study finds that while most students are able to combine agents and situational factors in their explanations, the explanations show a recurring theme of combining a generic sense of economic crisis with Hitler and the German people as the important agents, to the detriment of other causes that could open up for different interpretations of why the Nazi regime came to power. To counteract this, the study suggests increased emphasis on some contextual factors in teaching practices.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 29, no 1, p. 60-76
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History, assessment, subject knowledge, secondary schools
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Educational Sciences
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67489DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2017.1398098ISI: 000432636600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67489DiVA, id: diva2:1214710
Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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