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