The Perceptions of Greek Primary School Pupils about National Historical Accounts in History School Textbooks

By Paraskevi Golia and Stella Kassidou.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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A nation is a historical phenomenon, which, under specific circumstances, is constructed, reconstructed and deconstructed in time. The ideologies about a nation follow a similar process, but, in parallel, have an impact on perceptions about history, in terms of time and geographical territory. In this respect, national historiography aims at associating nation with the past, concentrating on a specific space and time of the past, which it appropriates and renders national. Educational systems as mechanisms, by reflecting the social and political ideas which they convey and promote to pupils, exploit the school subject of history as a means to convey dominant ideologies and exert social control, thus producing controversies about the educational value of the specific school subject and questions about the usefulness of learning history. The present paper aims at investigating the perceptions of Greek pupils in the sixth grade of primary school about the content of the history of Greece, following its conventional division in school textbooks in all levels of education, in ancient, Byzantine and history of contemporary Greece. In addition, the research aims at exploring which of the specific eras is considered most significant by the pupils surveyed, and which of the historical events the subjects have been taught are ranked high in terms of importance.

Keywords: Historical Events, Historical Phenomenon, Ideologies, Social Control, School Textbooks, Greek Pupils

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 789.379KB).

Dr. Paraskevi Golia

Doctor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Teacher of Primary Education. Graduate of Pedagogic Academy Florina in 1986 and of Pedagogic Department of Education of Florina, Aristotle University, in 1998. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. MS in faculty of Education, Pedagogic Department of Florina, Aristotle University Thessaloniki: ''Ideological Direction of the Greek Students of Ex Soviet Union (1925-1937): A research in language school books''. She is Dr in Educational Politics at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic. She had created also educational software in education.

Stella Kassidou

Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece


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