The Spatial Foci of History Teaching: Individual Views of Estonian History Teachers

By Katrin Kello and Anu Masso.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Traditionally, history teaching has been conceptualised as an enhancer of national memory and identity. More recently, various global history teaching approaches have been proposed as alternatives to those centred on national or regional history and may become increasingly topical in the globalising world. This article will focus on the individual positions of Estonian and Latvian history teachers when facing the challenge to rationalise their own work. The article will combine the educators’ perspectives (e.g. Popp 2002; Rüsen 2004; Lee 2004) with the phenomenological approach (Schütz and Luckmann 2003), which emphasises that the individually constructed realities, despite their focus on the national or global, have certain structural ways of construction. The paper will use data from individual in-depth interviews with Estonian history teachers.

Keywords: Spatial Foci, History Teaching, Aims and Purposes of History Education, Teachers’ Pedagogical Ideals, Structures of Lifeworld

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.31-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 821.457KB).

Katrin Kello

Researcher, Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Katrin Kello, MA, is researcher and doctoral student at the Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu. In her doctoral thesis she concentrates on representations of history teaching by teachers and other interest groups in Estonia and Latvia. Connected to this is her interest in social representation theory that helps to conceptualise the interconnectedness of discourses and practices in professional groups and society as a whole.

Anu Masso

Senior Researcher, Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Anu Masso, PhD, is senior researcher at the Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu. Her main research interest is personal social space (e.g. perceived distances with different cultures, geo-cultural mobility, and its relations with linguistic capital) in Estonia, one of the transition countries. Her second interest is research methods (quantitative and qualitative) in social sciences.