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History Education and National Identity in Northern Ireland.

McCully, Alan, Barton, K.C. and Conway, Margaret (2003) History Education and National Identity in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, 3 (1). pp. 31-43. [Journal article]

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This article reports findings from two studies of students’ perceptions of identity and national history in Northern Ireland. These findings indicate that students identify with a wide range of historical topics and that they consider school the most important influence on their understanding of national history. Findings further indicate, however, that students’ historical identifications narrow during Key Stage 3 and become increasingly focused on Protestant/Unionist or Catholic/Nationalist heritage. The article considers the implications of these findings for history education in the region.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Northern Ireland, Key Stage 3, National identity, Student perspectives
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:14825
Deposited By: Dr Alan McCully
Deposited On:09 Aug 2010 10:33
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 09:44

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