History's Children

History's Children

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What is it about Australian history? Students dismiss the subject for being boring while politicians and concerned parents fret over their lack of historical knowledge. The classroom has become the battleground of the a€˜history warsa€™, yet no-one ever asks the children what they think about Australian history and what they likea€”or don't about learning it. Through interviews with around 250 Australian students from a wide variety of schools, Anna Clark asks how teachers and students teach and learn Australian history. This book is a lively and often surprising read that throws all kinds of challenges to students, teachers and indeed, politicians.Jiang: I think wea#39;ve also started to think of Aboriginal history as this sort of one- faceted kind of thing. ... a#39;It was the same stuff like over and over again, a#39; she says, a#39; like, aquot;What hunting tools do they use? ... I remember being taught how to decorate postage tubes with dot paintings and then blowing into them in class - we had aanbsp;...

Title:History's Children
Author:Anna Clark
Publisher:UNSW Press - 2008


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