Civic Consciousness: A Viable Concept For Advancing Students’ Ability to Orient Themselves to Possible Futures?
2015 (English)In: Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education, E-ISSN 2203-7543, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In history didactics the concept of historical consciousness has become an important theoretical framework in developing a meaningful history education. One significant aspect of historical consciousness is to give students a “usable past” to orient to possible futures. Previous research has shown that history is important when students think about the future but that their use of history in meaning-making is simplistic and based on present-day-thinking. Much research has focused on advancing students’ ability to use history in orientation to possible futures, but less attention has been focused on contemporary studies and its role in the process of orientation. By introducing a tentative concept, civic consciousness, the issue of students’ orientation is explored by studying students’ perspectives on democracy in past-present-future. The data consists of 142 narratives and reveals a pattern of normative stances, process orientation and action orientation. These aspects are considered to be important components of civic consciousness and these have implications for how social studies educators should address the challenges of preparing students for the future.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-15 p.
historical consciousness, history education, history didactics, civic consciousness, social science, social studies, citizenship education, civics
Research subject Subject Learning and Teaching
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113651ISI: 000373181800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-113651DiVA: diva2:786750