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Students Writing History Using Traditional and Digital Archives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Umeå universitet; Stanford University.
2014 (English)In: Human IT, ISSN 1402-1501, E-ISSN 1402-151X, Vol. 12, no 3, 78-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study shows that upper secondary students’ historical writing maybe influenced by their use of sources from traditional archives versus theiruse of digital sources in databases. A qualitative approach, theoreticalperspectives, and historical empathy seem to be stimulated primarily byusing traditional archives and print sources, while digital archives andsources, in contrast, stimulate the use of quantitative data and a moresocial scientific approach. The results indicate a historiographical shift instudents’ historical thinking, which researchers of history education needto consider in a digital era. The results of this study call for reflections inhistory teaching to make it possible for students to learn and experiencethe double nature of history as part of the humanities and social sciences.

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Borås, 2014. Vol. 12, no 3, 78-116 p.
Keyword [en]
archives, databases, historical thinking, history teaching, primary sources, digital humanities
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History Educational Sciences
Research subject
History; Curriculum Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239165OAI: diva2:773424
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2014-12-19Bibliographically approved

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