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Teaching the Nation: Politics and Pedagogy in Australian History

The ‘History Wars’ have come to dominate discussion of Australian history in recent years, and they have been waged over various national sites of politics and celebration and commemoration.

Anna Clark suggests that this anxiety over Australia's past has intensified as debate grows over how to teach 'our history' to 'our children'.

Arguments rage over whether to teach the colonisation of Australia as an 'invasion' or a 'settlement', and whether students need to know Australia's first prime minister. Meanwhile, many school children still think Australian history is boring and irrelevant.

In light of John Howard's recent call for a change in how history is currently taught in schools, Teaching the Nation examines the pedagogy of Australian history education at a time when the nation's history seems more hotly debated than ever.

Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Place of Publication: Carlton, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0522852335
EISBN: 0522852343
Publication Year: 2006
Subject Covered: Education (Theory & practice); History (General); Education (Public policy)