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Project: History and moral encounters

The aim of the four year project is to increase knowledge about intersections of historical consciousness and moral consciousness for the purpose of helping to develop new theoretical tools for history teaching that can support education for democratic citizenship. Modern history teaching is expected to contribute to developing students' critical thinking and commitment to democratic values and human rights, yet there is little research on how historical interconnections are interpreted by students and linked to their moral consciousness.

About the project

Entire name of the project
History and moral encounters: exploring theoretical and empirical intersections of historical and moral consciousness from a history didaktik perspective
Project Manager
Niklas Ammert, Linnaeus University
Project Members
Jan Löfström, University of Helsinki; Silvia Edling, University of Gävle; Heather Sharp, University of Newcastle (Australien)
Funding Organisation
January 1 2018–December 31 2021

More about the project

The project is based on a) a text-analysis of previous research within history didaktik from 1980-2019, mapping choices of events from the past that come with moral bearing and b) a comparative study of Finnish and Swedish fifteen year old pupils' moral understandings of historical dilemmas.