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What Do Children Ask? What Do Children Know?: Awareness, Knowledge and Contemporary History

  • Detlef Pech
  • Christine Achenbach
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Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)

Abstract

Pech and Achenbach describe the research context in the area of primary education that deals with reconstructing children’s perspectives on social problems and questions in Germany. They outline not only the learning theoretical assumptions that justify this research and the focus of these efforts, but also the research approach of phenomenography. The authors emphasise that the existing research leads to the conclusion that there may be a common structure inherent in children’s awareness of historical and political events. Furthermore, Pech and Achenbach refer to a comparative empirical study of this notion carried out in South Africa and Germany: What do children ask and know about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Apartheid in South Africa?

Keywords

Historical awareness Phenomenography Children’s perspectives Contemporary history Primary education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Detlef Pech
    • 1
  • Christine Achenbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Humboldt UniversityBerlinGermany

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