‘If you had told me before that these students were Russians, I would not have believed it’

Teaching History article

By Bjorn Wansink, published 8th June 2017

An international project about the (New) ‘Cold War’

Bjorn Wansink and his co-authors have aligned their teaching of a recent and controversial historical issue – the Cold War – in the light of a contemporary incident.

This article demonstrates a means of ensuring that students understand that different cultures’ views of their shared past are nuanced, rather than monolithic – a different concept in philosophy as well as in political culture. It highlights ways of ensuring that different schools’ enquiries coalesce, and of using oral, family-borne histories to support what goes on in the classroom. It touches on the technological means of such co-operation. 

Ultimately, though, Wansink and his colleagues have used their history lessons to investigate and confront their students’ stereotypes about other people of their own age...

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