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Denise Bentrovato

Dr Denise Bentrovato is a Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and the co-founder and co-director of the African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika).
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Denise Bentrovato

Learning to Live Together in Africa through History Education

An Analysis of School Curricula and Stakeholders’ Perspectives

1. Edition 2017
91 pages
ISBN 978-3-8471-0804-7
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25,00 €

This study sheds light on the current state of history education in Africa and reflects on its potential to prepare this continent’s learners for the challenges of “learning to live together”. Drawing on an examination of school curricula and the experiences of educational stakeholders, it identifies trends in the processes and outcomes of recent curricular revisions, and discerns key challenges relating to the teaching and learning of history across Africa. It scrutinises the place afforded to history within African education systems, and surveys related contents and pedagogies. While it identifies African history as a fundamental yet sensitive and controversial subject, it also illustrates examples of present-day curricular strategies to integrating a concern for promoting a “culture of peace”.


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