|Editor||Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe|
Comments: This paper summarises the state of history teaching in Italian secondary schools through the results of empirical inquiries about history learning and teaching directed by the author during the period 1987-19971. The main inquiry was a survey using the techniques and instruments of experimental research methodology on a large representative sample of upper high students (eighteen years old). This is part of the international research survey made by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (I.E.A.), the last of which (Reading and Literacy) the author participated in as a member of the Italian national staff of researchers. The general goal of the inquiry was to outline the characteristics and the educational results of history teaching in Italian secondary schools, and particularly to demonstrate the real contribution that history programmes and methodological approaches make in the formation of citizens.