Young People, National Narratives and History Education

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Date / time: 1 December, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Committee Room 1, UCL Institute of Education

Young People, National Narratives and History Education

What young people do and do not know about the past is frequently discussed in news media and in political debate. Young people are typically presented as having a knowledge deficit in these discussions and it has become almost a truism to claim that the young know little or nothing about history.

This seminar will explore what young people know about the past and the sources of their knowledge from an international perspective. Drawing on research from Quebec, Ottawa and Amsterdam, the seminar will reflect on the nature, form and sources of young people’s thinking about the past and aim to challenge the clichéd practice of itemising and lamenting ‘the ignorance of the young’.

Symposium Papers

1. Young Québécois, National Narrative, and History Education

Dr. Jocelyn Létourneau, Department of History, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Education, University College London

2. Dutch Student’s Perspectives on National History

Dr. Arie Wilschut, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3. History as a “GPS”: On the use of historical narratives for students’ life-orientation

Dr. Stéphane Lévesque, Vice Dean Research, Faculty of Education and Professional Development University of Ottawa, Canada

The event is free and open to all. Booking is essential, however: