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Title: Exploring historical thinking and agency with undergraduate history students
Contributor(s): Nye, Adele  (author)orcid ; Hughes-Warrington, Marnie (author); Roe, Jill (author); Russell, Penny (author); Deacon, Desley (author); Kiem, Paul (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1080/03075071003759045
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Abstract: Recent research on historical thinking has instigated important disciplinary conversations and changes in pedagogical practice. They have, however, largely focused on the primary and secondary school sector, highlighting the gap in corresponding research into tertiary education. It is important to look at the experiences of history students at tertiary level, to assess the impact of perceptions and practices on graduate employment outcomes and transitions to research careers. In 2008 a national scoping study on student and staff perceptions of the nature and purposes of historical thinking was undertaken at 12 Australian universities, involving 1455 student questionnaires and 50 interviews with academics. This article examines student and staff perceptions of the social benefits of historical thinking, highlighting the great potential for transformative learning and civic contribution, and the vital role of agency in this process.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Studies in Higher Education, 36(7), p. 763-780
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1470-174X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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