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Péter Szebenyi: Research in History Teaching in Eastern Europe (1945-1989)

This article is an abridgement of a Chapter of the Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning edited by James P. Shaver. Firstly, the author gave a summary about some common and different features of history teaching of former socialist countries. The most important research fields were listed according to history teaching in the last decades such as: issues of teleology and epistemology; history of the history teaching and comparative studies; the study of students' knowledge; experiments in the field of teaching aids and methods; organizational forms (visualization and visual aids, students activities, problem solving and development of thinking, frontal instruction and group work). Finally, as a result of analysis of several handbooks, the reader can find different approaches to history teaching in Eastern Europe. Essentially, a finished historical period was evaluated in this article that involved a conclusion that there were some valuable research findings in the field of history teaching. Of course, the recent fundamental political changes are influencing deeply the features of history teaching and research.

MAGYAR PEDAGÓGIA 91. Number 1. 7-29. (1991)

English version of the paper can be obtained from the author.

Levelezési cím / Address for correspondence: Szebenyi Péter, Országos Közoktatási Intézet, H-1051 Budapest, Dorottya u. 8.


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