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Dimensions of historical empathy in upper secondary students’ essays
University of Turku.
University of Turku.
2014 (English)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, no 2014:2, 137-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines upper secondary school students’ understanding of historical empathy. The focus is on how and to what degree they displayed in their essays historical contextualisation, perspective taking and affective connection. The study was based on the essays written by 96 students, using resource-material that comprised background information and historical sources. The students reflected on the controversial issue of Finnish children who were sent to Sweden during World War II. All the three dimensions of empathy were expressed at some level, but contextualisation was most often superficial. The dimension the students managed best was perspective taking, which was related to the affective dimension of the topic. They also applied psychological terminology to this historical issue. It could be concluded from the findings that students need instruments for and have interest in dealing with sensitive and affective historical issues.

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Karlstad: CSD Karlstad , 2014. no 2014:2, 137-160 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34622OAI: diva2:765240
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-20 Last updated: 2016-05-20Bibliographically approved

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