Students’ historical contextualization and the cold war

Tim Huijgen, Paul Holthuis, Carla van Boxtel, Wim van de Grift, Cor Suhre

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Abstract

This exploratory study presents an example of how a historical contextualization framework can be used to develop and implement a lesson unit on Cold War events. The effects of the lesson unit on students’ ability to perform historical contextualization are explored in a quasi-experimental pre-test–post-test design with an experimental (n = 96) and a control (n = 73) condition. The students’ answers on a historical contextualization test were analysed. The results indicate that students in the experimental condition increased their ability to perform historical contextualization and displayed less present-oriented perspectives in their answers compared to students in the control condition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-468
Number of pages31
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Volume67
Issue number4
Early online date25-Sep-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2019

Keywords

  • SCHOOL-STUDENTS
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • STRATEGIES
  • CLASSROOMS
  • ABILITY

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