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World history education in the PRC between textbooks and television - some observations on recent developments

Müller-Saini, Gotelind

In: Xiangyu, Li (Hrsg.): Tian ren gu jin: Huaren shehui lishi jiaoyu de shiming yu tiaozhan [Nature and man, past and present: the mission and challenges of socio-historical education among Chinese]. Aomen ligong xueyuan, Macau 2014, pp. 8-22 . ISBN 978-99965-2-099-0

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Abstract

History education has always been a crucial domain in citizen formation and the scholastic curriculum all over the world. Besides learning about one's own country's history, reflections on foreign history have been an integral part of this endeavor, although usually secondary to national history. The paper briefly outlines the developments in the curricular guidelines of the PRC concerning world history education and looks into some chosen recent world history textbooks as a practical reference. However, history education today is set in a pluri-medial context, and people are more and more influenced by history images provided by the mass media, namely television, as surveys have shown. It therefore seems imperative to contextualize school history education with media representations of history to gain a more realistic picture of historical consciousness formation in society. For world history, the example of the widely acclaimed Chinese TV documentary series Daguo jueqi 大国崛起 (The Rise of the Great Powers) (2006) is used to look into this more complex setting of history education in present-day China. Such influential media representations of history challenge also conventional history education in school to build up more critical competence to deal with these new and competing ways of history representations. As a practical consequence, this calls for more attention to the audio-visual and its specific workings besides the text (and textbook)-based conventional approach in history education in school.

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Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Xiangyu, Li
Title of Book: Tian ren gu jin: Huaren shehui lishi jiaoyu de shiming yu tiaozhan [Nature and man, past and present: the mission and challenges of socio-historical education among Chinese]
Publisher: Aomen ligong xueyuan
Place of Publication: Macau
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 11:39
Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-99965-2-099-0
Page Range: pp. 8-22
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Sinologie
Subjects: 070 News media, journalism, publishing
370 Education
Controlled Keywords: Weltgeschichte, China, Fernsehen, Lehrbuch,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Daguo jueqi
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