Discussion on the School Textbooks of History in Cyprus through the Local Press

By Paraskevi Golia and Ifigenia Vamvakidou.

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The relative discussion began in 2004, while the political change was completed afterwards by the election of the new president Mr. Hristofias in February of 2008. In the case of Cyprus, the history textbooks were imported mainly by Greece, a fact that delayed reforms in the teaching of history. The condition for peaceful living is the admission of past errors and the sincere discussion between all the parts, so to be achieved a reciprocal acceptable history of Cyprus.
The teaching of historical course in Cyprus constitutes a postmodern “trauma” case, since the partition of island opened a crack in the historical production and made the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot identity depended from the corresponding identities of Greece and Turkey. The necessity of rewriting the textbooks has resulted from the new educational project for teaching a culture of peaceful living together, the reciprocal respect and collaboration of Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots so as Cyprus to be exempted from the possession.
The purpose of this analysis is to highlight the different political opinions about the teaching of modern history.

Keywords: School History, Cyprus, History Teaching, Education, Identity

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.273-282. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.446MB).

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 Postgraduate 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


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