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Primary Sources in Swedish and Australian History Textbooks: A Comparative Analysis of Representations of Vietnam's Kim Phuc
University of Newcastle, Australia.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Centrum för ämnesdidaktisk forskning inom konst och humaniora vid Linnéuniversitetet)
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research, ISSN 1472-9466, E-ISSN 1472-9474, Vol. 14, no 2, 55-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares primary sources used in Swedish and Australian school History textbooks on the topic of the Vietnam War. The focus is on analysing representations of Kim Phuc, the young girl who was infamously chemically burnt with napalm. Applying an approach that incorporates Habermas’ three knowledge types, this article focuses on student questions and activities in relation to how sources are treated in textbooks. The article uses a case study approach to conduct a comparison between how, and if, Swedish and Australian textbooks engage students through questions and activities directly connected with the use of primary sources. Findings suggest that current textbook approaches could incorporate a greater variety of questions with differing knowledge types, to use images more consistently beyond illustrative purposes, and to structure activities that require students to compare and contrast two or more primary sources. 

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2017. Vol. 14, no 2, 55-70 p.
Keyword [en]
Australia, Cold War, History curriculum, Kim Phuc, Secondary history teaching, Source analysis, Sweden, Textbooks, Vietnam
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History
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Humanities, History Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65356DiVA: diva2:1109936
Available from: 2017-06-14 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved

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