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Samhällskunskap och historia i svensk gymnasieskola: ämnenas roll och relation i diskurs och ämnesplaner
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (CeHum).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6661-1977
2014 (Swedish)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, no 1, 53-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract: The adoption of new syllabuses in history and social science in the new Swedish curriculum raises questions on the relationship between the two subjects. Social Science and History as school subjects have previously been described as both competing and complementary. The competing aspect has mainly been descibed in terms of citizenship education and the complementary aspect has been described in terms of content, abilities, and temporality. This article discusses how history and social science relate to these four topics in didactic discourse and in the new syllabuses. In the didactic discource both subjects underline the importance of making subject matter useful in life outsideschool. However, the new syllabuses are very differently formulated in this sense. History is closely connected to citizenship education and describes content, abilities and temporality in such a context. Social Science on the other hand downtunes the traditional role as a subject important for citizenship. Instead, focus is aimed at disciplinary thinking and using knowledge to understand social science methods and theories. This development is seen as very problematic and challenging for a meaningful teaching of Social Science in upper secondary school. In response to this challenge, the author proposes interdisciplinary didactic development, especially in developing "dynamic concepts" within Social Science didactics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. no 1, 53-84 p.
Keyword [sv]
Medborgarkompetens, medborgarfostran, historiedidaktik, samhällskunskapsdidaktik, historiemedvetande, historiebruk, demokrati, medborgarskap
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Subject Learning and Teaching
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110086OAI: diva2:769400
Available from: 2014-12-08 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2015-02-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Medborgarbildning i gymnasiet: Ämneskunnande och medborgarbildning i gymnasieskolans samhälls- och historieundervisning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Medborgarbildning i gymnasiet: Ämneskunnande och medborgarbildning i gymnasieskolans samhälls- och historieundervisning
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Citizenship Education in Upper Secondary School : Subject Knowledge and Citizenship Education in History and Social Science Education
Abstract [en]

The school subjects of history and social science are expected to contribute with historical and social scientific knowledge, skills and abilities: that is, subject knowledge. The subject knowledge that students achieve during their schooling is not only meant for future studies, but is also expected to inform a life as democratic citizens. However, the curriculum and syllabus have not always been explicit about this aim, and the relationship between subject knowledge and citizenship education is only vaguely explained. This thesis investigates this relationship within the context of history and social science education in Swedish upper secondary school. The educational dimensions of Biesta – socialisation, qualification and subjectification – are used as an approach to this investigation.

The aim of the study is to explore, analyse and discuss the role of history and social science teaching for students’ citizenship education. This is done by investigating curricula, teaching and educational discourses and by using both empirical methods and content analysis. The thesis is a compilation of five articles, all exploring subject knowledge and its connection to students’ citizenship education. The first two articles investigate possible second-order concepts in social science education, which are described and discussed using theories and concepts from history didactics. The findings in these articles work as a basis for further study in following articles, where the subject knowledge and its connections to citizenship education are explored in more depth. Taken together, the articles present a rich picture of the complex reality of teaching and provide a basis for understanding better how teachers, students and curricula express subject knowledge and how this is related, or not, to citizen education.

The contribution of the thesis is a more developed theoretical and conceptual understanding of history and social science education, especially through concepts that can be used in practical teaching in order to strengthen and develop citizenship education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap, Stockholms universitet, 2015. 118 p.
social science education, history education, social studies education, didactics, second-order thinking concepts, citizenship education
National Category
Didactics Educational Sciences
Research subject
Subject Learning and Teaching
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113655 (URN)978-91-7649-102-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-03-13, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapernas hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-06 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved

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