The Contribution of History Teaching to Peace Building

Authored by: Alan McCully

Handbook on Peace Education

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805862522
eBook ISBN: 9780203837993
Adobe ISBN: 9781136874529


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This chapter examines the significance and role of teaching history in societies in conflict and in postconflict transition. It identifies the general contribution that history education might make to peace building and then applies this learning to the particularly problematic task of dealing with the recent past. It argues that history education should recognize its strengths and limitations. It must remain true to the principles of the discipline, but through “inquiry,” “caring,” and “relevance” it can help foster the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide the necessary foundation for young people to engage in informed, democratic, and critical debate in the citizenship classroom and beyond.

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