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Who are we? Who are you? Challenges in constructing identities through studying the past: some findings from the TEACH report

Author(s) Harnett, P.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper describes a recent research project undertaken in England for the Historical Association and the Department of Education, which examined the teaching of emotive and controversial issues in history across the age range from 3-19 years. A key finding was the extent to which the teaching of the official history curriculum in schools may be controversial when it impacts on pupils' individual, collective and community identities. Recognition of these challenges is particularly important within increasingly diverse societies. The paper describes some of the dilemmas which teachers face and analyses particular pedagogical strategies and case studies where pupils engage with controversial issues.

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