Passion: The Place of Passion in History Teaching in a Standards Environment

  • Alan BoothEmail author


What place does passion have in teaching history in contemporary higher education? How can we place it in a standards environment? This chapter examines the role of passion in history pedagogy and why it matters. It explores the experiential realm of history lecturer motivations, ideals and experiences and the love of the subject that fuels a sense of identity as historians and educators. It considers the link between the will to teach (and learn) history, the emotions and teaching effectiveness and argues that in the increasingly regulated conditions of higher education passion is a resource needed more than ever. Finally, it urges university historians to acknowledge and amplify a voice too often submerged in the discipline’s public curricular and pedagogic discourse, as an integral part of efforts to persuade multiple audiences why higher learning in the subject matters.


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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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