'They took Ireland away from us and we've got to fight to get it back.'
Source: See attached pdf article, or for online access to Historical Association members go to www.history.org.uk/resources/secondary_resource_87.html
This article in 'Teaching History'
– the Historical Association journal for secondary teachers – explores
the difficulty in getting pupils to understand that different people
interpret the past in different ways, depending on their own prejudices
and intentions. It is a difficult concept to come to grips with, but it
is essential for community cohesion that pupils understand that
different people may perceive the same event from a different
perspective, and that this will influence the 'big picture' they have
of this country's history.
The article uses fictional characters – Ken and Pat – to encourage pupils to:
Using fictional characters allows an initial distancing from personal
emotions, and provides an effective bridge into controversial issues.
This article provides an example of teachers developing the skills to
effectively challenge the sometimes-perceived disparity between
'school' history and 'community' histories. It is of obvious resonance
in Northern Ireland, but is equally adaptable to other countries and
situations. It helps pupils to develop knowledge of religion, history,
citizenship and English and to analyse current and relevant issues of
- explore how history has affected their personal identity, culture and lifestyle.
- investigate how history has been used by individuals and groups to
create stereotypical perceptions and to justify views and actions.
|Links across other subjects within resource
Citizenship, English, Media, RE
Other articles in 'Teaching History' focusing on teaching controversial issues in Northern Ireland:
The Historical Association report: Teaching Emotive and Controversial Issues' can be downloaded from the HA website: