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National pride and students' attitudes towards history: an exploratory study

Andrews, Rhys William ORCID:, McGlynn, Catherine and Mycock, Andrew 2010. National pride and students' attitudes towards history: an exploratory study. Educational Studies 36 (3) , pp. 299-309. 10.1080/03055690903424782

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Recent debates about “Britishness” have drawn increasing attention to the inculcation of national values within the school history curriculum. To date, however, few studies have explored young people’s attitudes towards history or how these are related to their sources of national pride and shame. This paper draws on a survey of over 400 undergraduates’ experiences of secondary education, investigating their attitudes towards the history curriculum and how these relate to their feelings of national pride. Using principal components analysis we found that students’ attitudes towards history loaded on to two distinct factors: traditional/conservative and multicultural/liberal. Bivariate correlations then revealed that pride in national sporting and economic achievements and a sense of shame about immigration were positively associated with a traditional attitude towards history. Pride in British civil liberties and social diversity and a sense of shame about racism and UK foreign policy were associated with a multicultural attitude. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Uncontrolled Keywords: History curriculum ; National pride ; Undergraduates ; Empirical analysis ; England
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0305-5698
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:58

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