TLO 6: Examine Historical Evidence, Scholarship and Changing Representations of the Past
Australian historians have long placed the examination of historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past at the centre of their teaching. This chapter reviews the history of Australian practice, foregrounds the innovative approaches of the New Left generation and contemplates recent challenges to prevailing methods, especially those driven by the changing university sector and the changing orientations of students. This chapter critically examines major responses to these challenges, particularly the increasing emphasis on ‘doing history’ in the classroom. It argues that ‘doing history’ activities must continue to connect scholarship, representation and evidence, and should not be limited to the exclusive analysis of primary evidence.
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