Dinosaur Ride


Even before first encountering formal history education in school, pupils begin to develop their own ideas and preconceptions of history. Many of these are shaped by representations of history in pop culture, such as toys, films, and computer games. In order to support learning processes optimally, the learners’ individual preconceptions of history need to be considered and addressed in the classroom. The individual learner should not be considered as the object, but the subject of learning, even if this can sometimes take on the dimensions of a “dinosaur ride”.


Angry Old Men?

History teaching is often trapped in its traditions of an academic world that no longer exists. When talking to older history teachers at schools about their teacher training, the centrality of memorized knowledge about the past which had to be reproduced in exams quickly becomes apparent. Endless lists of dates (battles, coronations, etc.) were pored over and regurgitated. F…

Categories: 7 (2019) 29
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14615

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