Teaching History in Multicultural Environment and Professional Identity: The Case of Greece

By Theodora Cavoura.

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During the last 15 years the Greek Ministry of Education has created a multicultural education system to respond to the needs of young people with cultural particularities. The present research aims to identify and reveal aspects of professional identity of history teachers in multicultural school environments. The professional identity of teachers is a negotiation between the self and the school world. In our research professional identity can be seen as a means to study teaching history practices, conceptions of the discipline of history, the relationship with the professional knowledge and the relationship with the various actors that are involved in this profession. The context is critical in the identity construction. The research will investigate how the deep changes in the school context influence professional identity, meaning how history teachers manage new situations and which new capacities they develop. The theory of Social Representations will serve as the theoretical framework. The total of history teachers in multicultural classrooms (60) have responded to questionnaires. Analysis shows three types of professional identity that are characterized by the following principal aspects: a. Transmission of scientific knowledge, b. Development of sentimental equilibrium, c. Formation of citizenship.

Keywords: Professional Identity, Multicultural Education, History Education, Social Representations

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.179-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.252MB).

Dr. Theodora Cavoura

Lecturer, Department of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Cavoura Theodora is currently a Lecturer 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, Memory-Identity-History, Design of Educational Software for Teaching and Learning History with the use of Information and Communication Technology.


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