This paper aims to evaluate existing teaching approaches in middle school history classrooms that incorporate alternative history materials. Alternative history focuses on the question of what might have happened differently, or ‘what if?’ The study focuses on addressing the following question: How does the understanding of one event’s significance on the chain of historical occasions contribute to students’ engagement in discussing past and current conflicts, based on teachers’ points of view? Interviews with 10 education practitioners focused on exploring the ways students can learn to see history creatively while developing tolerance. Existing approaches are explored through the viewpoints of conflict education, peace education, and historical empathy.
|Commitee:||Gounari, Panagiota, Kew, Darren|
|School:||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Department:||Conflict Resolution (MA)|
|School Location:||United States -- Massachusetts|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Peace Studies, History, Social studies education|
|Keywords:||Alternative history, Conflict resolution, Counterfactual history, History education, Middle school education, Peace education|
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