- Connecting past, present and future
- The enhancement of the relevance of history for students
- Award date
- 8 November 2018
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
Using the past to orientate on the present and the future can be seen as one of history’s main contributions to educating future citizens of democratic societies. This thesis defines and explores aims and methods that may support teachers and students in making meaningful connections between the past, the present and the future in history class. Measurements with the Relevance of History Measurement Scale (RHMS), which was specifically developed for the purpose of this thesis, revealed that this type of history teaching positively affects students’ views on the relevance of history. This is an important outcome, because young students in particular have difficulty seeing the benefits of studying the past. Enabling them to see the relevance of history may be an important means to stimulate their motivation and engagement, because students’ appreciation of the value of school subjects is key to their commitment in school work.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo up to and including 8 May 2020)
Chapter 5: Fostering students’ appraisals of the relevance of history by comparing analogous cases of an enduring human issue: A quasi-experimental study (Embargo up to and including 8 May 2020)
Chapter 6: Connecting the past and the present through case-comparison learning in history: Experiences and views of teachers and students (Embargo up to and including 8 May 2020)
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