Envisaging the alternatives: From knowledge of the powerful to powerful knowledge in history classrooms

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In this case study, we explore pedagogical practices that could promote powerful knowledge in school history. We analyse teaching sessions conducted by two teachers. The cases were selected from an observation study that focused on historical literacy in Finnish schools. While Michael Young's ideas of powerful knowledge have gained considerable attention in recent years, the pedagogical aspects of powerful knowledge have been less explored than its knowledge theorization. Our results indicate that promoting powerful knowledge is possible in school history. We suggest that powerful knowledge could be supported by teacher-led pedagogy that involves the systematic use of historical texts, and that uses disciplinary concepts to re-conceptualize everyday knowledge. Hence, teaching strives to unpack the (political) use of historical knowledge and narratives that represent the knowledge of the powerful.

TidskriftJournal of Curriculum Studies
Sidor (från-till)16-31
Antal sidor16
StatusPublicerad - 2 jan. 2021
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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