History teaching in a digital era poses new possibilities and
challenges. Today in a digital 'convergence culture' history is an
important part of contemporary culture shaping historical
consciousness. Present developments pose partly new challenges for
critical thinking, but also new possibilities of shaping, making
and understanding the past in not least multimodal ways. Digital
media can for instance be used to promote historical thinking and
multiperspectivity in history teaching.
Thinking like a historian is a vital competence to understand
the past and the present. Today syllabi of history worldwide
emphasize how historical thinking is an important competence to
maneuver, not least, the enormous flow of information. In a global
world of information this conference will address how history
teaching can be used to prepare students for higher education and
The starting point will be examples from research and materials
for teaching and testing historical thinking, media critical
thinking and multiperspectivity. Presentations and seminars will be
devoted to dialogue and exchange of experiences on how history
teaching can be improved by using not least new digital media.
Participating researchers include:
Thomas Nygren, Cecilia Lindhé, Björn Åstrand and Anna Foka, Umeå
Joel Breakstone, Mark Smith, Brad Fogo, Jolie Matthews and Brian
Johnsrud, Stanford University
Martin Stolare and Johan Samuelsson, Karlstad University
The conference is organized by HUMlab, Umeå History and
Education Group and Stanford History Education Group, and funded by
the Wallenberg Foundation and Umeå University.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the
conference please contact Thomas Nygren at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The conference will also function as a preparation for
in-service teacher conference the following day, May 7 10.00-15.00.
Funded by the Wallenberg foundation and Umeå University researchers
from Umeå and Stanford will meet teachers and present the latest
research on historical thinking and digital aids in history
teaching. If you are interested to participate also in the teacher
conference you are very welcome. If so please notify Thomas Nygren.
Read more about the teacher conference here.
A warm welcome to Umeå!