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Boundaries of historical consciousness: a Western cultural achievement or an anthropological universal?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013). Karlstads universitet. (Centrum för de samhällsvetenskapliga ämnenas didaktik CSD, Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Education)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1168-8608
2019 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 779-797Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores an underlying tension between two understandings of historical consciousness. On one hand, the concept is often perceived as a specific ability to historicize the world and thus appears as a modern cultural achievement. On the other hand, it is also conceptualized as an anthropological universal as the ability to make sense out of time seems to be a basic feature in all human societies. The basic aim here is to analyse both positions as theoretical constructs with implications for educational research and curriculum making. In order to frame how these ontological positions on historical consciousness have consequences at an operational level, the Goertz framework for complex concepts is used. This framework is applied to two previous studies that explored students’ historical consciousness. The methodical assumption is that both the studies serve as exemplary indicators for the two different positions. My analysis of the studies shows how their conceptualization of historical consciousness restricts how they define their research interests. In the concluding part of this article, the analysis is used as a stepping stone to a broad and normative discussion on how historical consciousness could influence history education

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2019. Vol. 51, no 6, p. 779-797
Keywords [en]
Historical consciousness, historical culture, history education, use of history
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History; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75404DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2019.1652938ISI: 000490403800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75404DiVA, id: diva2:1362100
Available from: 2019-10-17 Created: 2019-10-17 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved

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