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Den viktiga historien: Historiesyn och historiemedvetande i studentexamensuppsatser från åren 1877 och 1929.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to identify and analyse the view and consciousness of history present in essays written by Swedish high school students in 1877 and 1929. A theoretical framework was established in order to accomplish this, based on the theories of Peter Aronsson and Jörn Rüsen (through Lars Andersson Hult) that defines consciousness of history through a matrix that expresses a progression as well as a scaling complexity. Furthermore, the theories of Knut Kjelstadli and Magnus Hermansson Adler were adopted to establish two different types of view of history: one adhering to a view of history where groups and individuals are seen as integral to the progression of history, and the other explains historical process through more functional explanations, such as dependant on cultural and social structures.

This framework erects ideal-types of different types of view and consciousness of history, and the thesis at hand strives to categorise the different kinds of view and consciousness of history found in the studied essays in accordance with these ideal-types through two different models based on the above mentioned theories.

The findings presented here largely point to a view of history that is largely centered on an actor-oriented view of history, where individuals such as kings and generals are given a central position when historical events are being narrated, and is present in both 1877 and 1929, with some shifting nuances. As for the consciousness of history the lion part of the analysed texts can be seen adhering to a more traditional type of consciousness in 1877, although a slight shift can be seen towards a more complex type of consciousness in the texts from 1929.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, 2015vt01605
Keyword [en]
history didactics, view of history, consciousness of history, high school students in 1877 and 1929, ideal-types.
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255653DiVA: diva2:823018
Subject / course
Educational Sciences
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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