The Concept of the History of Greece: Investigation of Pupils’ Perceptions about the Content of History Textbooks in the Primary School

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In Greece, the emphasis on national historical accounts at school is typical, as it comprises the fundamental aspect of the Greek national identity, which has been based on the continuity of the Greek nation since the antiquity, and is fostered through history, geography and language teaching. On this premise, the national myths of origin are produced by selectively incorporating or suppressing real facts, and, thus, history as a science is transformed into a genealogy of the chosen people. The present paper aims at reporting pupils’ perceptions about the history of Greece by examining data collected from a group of 23 graded statements, to which the research subjects were asked to show their attitude. The analysis of results was based on a scale of ranking points (research instrument), which enables both the discovery of the presence or absence of a particular phenomenon and the quantitative assessment of results. In addition, the ranking scale was employed as a research instrument because it is widely used in education research and is one of the most popular methods for the collection of quantitative data.

Keywords: History, Greek Nation, Greek National Identity, History Textbooks, Pupils’ Perceptions
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: The Concept of the History of Greece

Stella Kassidou

Phd, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia
Florina, Greece

Dr. Paraskevi Golia

Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia
Florina, Greece

Teacher of Primary Education. Graduate of Pedagogic Academy Florina in 1986 and of Pedagogic Department of Education of Florina, Aristotle University, in 1998. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. MS in faculty of Education, Pedagogic Department of Florina, Aristotle University Thessaloniki: ''Ideological Direction of the Greek Students of Ex Soviet Union (1925-1937): A research in language school books''. She is Dr in Educational Politics at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic. She had created also educational software in education.

Ref: L08P0161