Understanding Historical Interpretations

How do 17-18 year-old students engage with differing historical accounts? A case-study from Cyprus

29th March 2022, 5-6.30pm GMT, via Zoom

Old Nicosia dead-end by Marco Fieber

Dr Maria K. Georgiou, SYNTHESIS Centre for Research & Education

There has been increasing international research on history education (Afandi, 2012; Barca, 2005; Carvalho and Barca, 2012; Cercadillo, 2001; Chapman, 2009; Hsiao, 2008; Martens, 2015; Shemilt, 1980; Lee et al., 1994) that shows that students, to a more or a lesser extent, operate with similar ideas about differing historical intrepretations (known as ‘accounts’ in the British tradition) on the same historical event. How do findings from a post-conflict country – namely, the still divided island-country of Cyprus – compare to those of other studies? This seminar will share the findings of Georgiou’s (UCL, 2019) PhD Thesis research conducted with 17-18 year old Greek-Cypriot students, aiming to explore how young people in their last year of schooling engage with two pairs of differing historical accounts on the same event, one being a Cyprus event and the other a ‘neutral’ one. The research was exploratory and employed an inductive coding approach. Georgiou will discuss how students’ disciplinary thinking looks like – that is, how students analysed, compared, and evaluated the accounts – and how students attributed value to historical accounts in personal terms.

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