Greek History Teachers’ Professional Identities: An Empirical Study

By Theodora Cavoura.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Teaching history holds a special social and cultural significance in the socialization of the young generation and its inclusion in contemporary society and preparation to perform the complex role of a citizen in a multicultural and continuously changing world. Teachers are mediators of historical knowledge and fundamental actors who arrange and support the processes of perceiving historical knowledge. The mediation process consists of critical decisions and operations of remodeling and especially of changes of the epistemological framework and adoption of “educational epistemology”. Crucial aspects in mediation of history are “teachers’ representations” regarding the nature of the history, teaching practices and learning processes activated, relationships and expectations of students and especially their educational role. The process of mediation defines a “semantic topos” from where teachers derive elements for the formation of their “professional identities”. The theory of Social Representations provides an interesting base for exploring “professional identities”. The Social Representations, at the interaction of the individual and the social, participate in the formation of identities. This study aims to map out and elucidate the “Representations of professional identities” of 100 history teachers in Primary and Secondary education in Greece. Quantitative methodological tools were used.

Keywords: Professional Identities, Teachers’ Representations of History Teaching

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.91-99. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 637.323KB)).

Dr. Theodora Cavoura

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, Greece

Cavoura Theodora is currently Assistant Professor in History Didactics at the Faculty of Philosophy, Departement of Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She completed her undergraduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Ioannina in Greece and undertook a DEA and PhD in Didactics of History at the University Paris VII in France. She teaches History Didactics on undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has participated in Greek and international scientific conferences and has published her research work in Greek and International academic journals. Her main research interests are: Teachers Training, History Education, Memory Identiy and History, Design of Educational Softwares for History with the use of Information and Communication Technology.