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The place of diversity within history and the challenge of policy and curriculum

Harris, R. ORCID: (2013) The place of diversity within history and the challenge of policy and curriculum. Oxford Review of Education, 39 (3). pp. 400-419. ISSN 0305-4985

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2013.810551


This article is a position paper which examines the political and public discourse around the areas of diversity and social cohesion, and history teaching. It examines the nature of these discourses and shows how they are in tension. Although discourse around diversity often has a focus on mutual understanding and finding areas of commonality, the discourse around history often focuses on the need to provide a sense of identity through a national story. By focusing on a discussion about the purposes of history, rather than merely on debates about content, it is suggested that these discourses can be brought more closely into line and produce a more productive line of policy debate.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:33130
Uncontrolled Keywords:diversity; social cohesion; history teaching; purposes; policy discourses
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)


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