Relationship with the Past and Historical Identities of Greek Pupils in Secondary Education

By Theodora Cavoura.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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This research project aims at showing the ways in which Greek pupils in Secondary Education form their relationship with history. Based on the hypotheses that the social conditions inform the representations which research subjects hold concerning history and the past, and - according to the theory of representation - the selection criteria are registered in the social thinking of the group in which they belong, we attempt to investigate the aspects of historical identity (Moscovici, 1984). More particularly, we attempt to illuminate what spatial and time references, as well as which historical facts, in the frame of their historical culture, pupils select as the most important in order to ground their historical identity on the current period, which is marked by the financial, social and political crisis and by which their identities are influenced and shaped. Semi-structured interviews performed on pupils of different cultural background and different educational level are performed to identify the points of negotiation and narrative articulations that organise the relationship of the subjects with the past, as a field of experience, the present, as the time of action, and the future, as the horizon of expectation (Ricoeur, 2000). The comparative dimension of this particular research project is offered by a corresponding research which involved pupils and was materialized during the social euphoria of the Olympic Games in Athens (Apostolidou, 2006).

Keywords: Relationship with History, Narrative Identities, Pupils' Social Representations, Historical Culture

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.31-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 391.404KB).

Dr. Theodora Cavoura

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, Greece

Theodora Cavoura is currently an assistant professor in history didactics at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She completed her undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Ioannina in Greece and undertook a DEA and PhD in didactics of history at the University Paris VII in France. She teaches history didactics on undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has participated in Greek and international scientific conferences and has published her research work in Greek and international academic journals. Her main research interests are: teachers training, history education, history- memory-identity, design of educational software for teaching and learning history with the use of information and communication technology.