History and Semiotics: Children Are Drawing “Homeland”

By Paraskevi Golia, Ifigenia Vamvakidou and Evdoxia Traianou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The significance of homeland has been a central element for the constitution of Greek national identity. The sovereign axis is the national mythology for the indivisible of Greek national history, but also the structure of identity itself. Nowadays nevertheless the increase of economic immigration “homeland” continues to be a powerful significance. As it appears in the sample that we present “homeland” condenses memories and reflects pictures and symbols of the past. The aim of this research is to locate the way with which children approach the significance of homeland. We have collected 146 drawings and we distinguish the three semiotic fields: syntactic, semantic, and realistic. The researching problem is the critical reading of the visual data which has been produced by children in the primary education. It seems that the patriotic ideal remains pluralist, since the human identity is multiple and can be connected with different national, geographic or political integrations.

Keywords: History, Semiotic, Homeland, Primary Education, Symbols

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.321-332. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.719MB).

Dr. Paraskevi Golia

Doctor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Teacher of Primary Education. Graduate of Pedagogic Academy Florina in 1986 and of Pedagogic Department of Education of Florina, Aristotle University, in 1998. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. MS in faculty of Education, Pedagogic Department of Florina, Aristotle University Thessaloniki: ‘‘Ideological Direction of the Greek Students of Ex Soviet Union (1925-1937): A research in language school books’’. She is Dr in Educational Politics at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic. She had created also educational software in education.

Dr. Ifigenia Vamvakidou

Assistant Professor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Evdoxia Traianou

Doctor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece


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