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When History teaching really matters: understanding the intervention of School History on students’ neighbourhood learning in Northern Ireland

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McCully, Alan and Barton , (2009) When History teaching really matters: understanding the intervention of School History on students’ neighbourhood learning in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 8 (1). pp. 28-46. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This paper reports research on Northern Ireland students’ attempts to reconcile school and community history. Previous research has shown that many students in Northern Ireland combine these competing influences in a process that can be viewed in terms of the development of what Bakhtin (1982) refers to as “internally persuasive dialogues.” The current paper illustrates that process through analysis of a sample of four sets of student interviews with eight students. Findings indicate that although students are committed to “trying to look at both sides of the argument,” they often have difficulty overcoming commitments to their own community’s historical perspectives. The dominant factor is a master vernacular narrative that reflects the underlying political and religious values and beliefs of their domestic communities. However, school history does help provide insight, deeper understanding and perspective that can help soften and ameliorate entrenched opinions and positions.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Keywords—Beliefs, Catholic, Culture, Family history, Identity, Master narrative, Nationalist, Northern Ireland,Official history, Orientation, Protestant, School history, Unionist, Vernaculary history.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:2042
Deposited By:Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 14:16
Last Modified:22 Jun 2011 16:20

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