Subject-Orientation and Critique on Power

Subjektorientierung und Machtkritik

In the discourse of history didactics, the view has been predominantly taken in recent years that historical learning – in addition to historical content – must take greater account of learners with their individual experiences and knowledge when designing history lessons. This subject orientation would increase the effectiveness of history teaching.

 

The Decline of the Canon

In German history didactics, the word “subject-orientation” has prevailed regarding this assumption. The term means that the learners’ ideas, previous experiences, feelings, interests, social imprints, etc., should be evaluated empirically and, as securely as possible, as genuine points of contact for historical learning processes. The lessons are to be designed on the basis of this diagnosis. This is at least the position of history didactics. However, teachi…


Categories: 7 (2019) 29
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14614

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