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Teachers and the Epistemology of History


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  • Opens up pathways for additional scholarship in a nascent field of research
  • Interrogates teachers' epistemic beliefs with a view to improving history education
  • Contains a variety of perspectives from a range of international contexts
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About this book

This edited book explores conceptual as well as empirical approaches to epistemic beliefs that teachers of history might hold. In many parts of the world, history teachers are tasked with both upholding historical national myths and at the same time giving students the tools needed to deconstruct history and think critically. This ambiguity embedded in the combination of reconstruction and deconstruction is a difficult landscape for teachers to navigate. The chapters of this book therefore explore how teachers reason regarding the epistemic nature of history and how this impacts their teaching, interpretation of curricula and relationship to their students. Contributions consider the implications for prospective history teachers and in-service training, challenges to the field and point to ways forward. The book will be of interest to academics and students of history education, as well as practising teachers and museum curators.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept Historical, Philo & Religious Stud, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

    Henrik Åström Elmersjö

  • Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Paul Zanazanian

About the editors

Henrik Åström Elmersjö is Associate Professor of History and Education in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden.

Paul Zanazanian is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Canada.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Teachers and the Epistemology of History

  • Book Subtitle: .

  • Editors: Henrik Åström Elmersjö, Paul Zanazanian

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58055-0Published: 26 June 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-58058-1Due: 27 July 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-58056-7Published: 25 June 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 376

  • Number of Illustrations: 17 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Education, Social History, Curriculum Studies, Education, general, Teaching and Teacher Education

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