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Knowledge, skills and dispositions:educating history teachers in a divided society

McCully, Alan and Montgomery, Alison (2009) Knowledge, skills and dispositions:educating history teachers in a divided society. International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 8 (2). pp. 92-105. [Journal article]

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This paper addresses the challenges of educating teachers during the initial teacher education phase to teach history in a society which is emerging from a sustained period of violent communal conflict. Briefly, it draws attention to the reluctance of manyeducators in Northern Ireland to engage directly in potentially sensitive cultural and political debate, and to previous obstacles encountered when introducing controversial issues tostudent teachers. The paper then outlines the strengths and limitations of history teachers’ responses to teaching history in a divided society to date. It focuses on one initiative, which encourages student history teachers to acknowledge the influence that their own backgroundsmay have on how they view, and, subsequently, teach about the past. From an analysisof the qualitative data collected, the authors identify a range of knowledge, skills and dispositions required by teachers to address issues relating to a post-conflict environment.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Divided Societies Teacher Education Teaching Cultural Difference
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:12322
Deposited By: Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:02 Mar 2010 15:07
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 09:44

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