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Prehistoric history in Swedish primary school education: pupils' expression of empathy after visiting a cultural heritage site
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013), Karlstad (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0875-8564
2023 (English)In: Education 3-13, ISSN 0300-4279, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores the concept of historical empathy in the context of field trips for young pupils to a prehistoric heritage site in Sweden. The example discussed is a field trip to Vitlycke, a heritage and rock carving site with an associated reconstructed Bronze Age farm, where pupils had the opportunity to experience prehistory with all their senses.

The study is based on the idea that historical empathy is a process that involves both cognitive and affective dimensions and that both dimensions are important for progress. The pupils were interviewed after the trip and their responses are related to the concepts of perspective recognition and care. The study shows how the cognitive and affective dimensions were interwoven in the pupils’ reasoning and how the field trip contributed to an emotional and personal connection necessary for the development of historical empathy. This engagement led to a broadening and deepening of the pupils’ cognitive understanding of Bronze Age life and living conditions, while the cognitive understanding of the historical context contributed to a framework in which they could use their imagination. The results also show the importance of giving pupils time to follow up on theirexperiences after visiting a heritage site.

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Routledge, 2023. p. 1-15
Keywords [en]
teaching history, history of history education, prehistory, primary school, historical empathy, cultural heritage, transformation of knowledge
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History and Archaeology Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20006DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2023.2191631ISI: 000962663100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85152451308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20006DiVA, id: diva2:1761349
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