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Exploring Popular Responses to Attempted Changes in the Dominant Discourse: The Case of the 6th Grade History Textbook Revision in Greece

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dc.contributor.advisor Korostelina, Karina
dc.contributor.author Gatsias, Athanasios
dc.creator Gatsias, Athanasios
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:16:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:16:12Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10583
dc.description.abstract This study explores the factors that inform popular responses to attempted changes in dominant national historical discourses. Using a history curriculum revision initiative in Greece as a case study, an effort is made to identify factors that constitute determinants of acceptance or resistance to initiatives that appear to be introducing more axiologically balanced curricula. Multiple methods of systematic inquiry are employed to carry out this task: a) content analysis of the old and the new history textbooks in the case concerned so as to identify differences in the their axiological patterns, especially in the relationship between national Self and Other; b) thematic analysis of 100 newspaper articles, opinion pieces and internet blogs, so as to identify the discursive patterns in the public dialogue supporting or opposing the given history curriculum revision initiative; and c) in-depth interviews with 15 stakeholders in order to elicit their opinion on the initiative and on the factors that shaped popular reaction to it. The intention of this research is to take a further step towards understanding the cognitive and emotional responses of a society when attempts are made to change the dominant historical narratives. At a practical level, the insights drawn through this research may be utilized in future initiatives to identify popular concerns and, accordingly, develop strategies to address them, thus, increasing the likelihood of success.
dc.format.extent 432 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Athanasios Gatsias
dc.subject Social sciences education en_US
dc.subject Collective Axiology en_US
dc.subject Greece en_US
dc.subject Historical Narratives en_US
dc.subject History Education en_US
dc.subject Textbooks en_US
dc.title Exploring Popular Responses to Attempted Changes in the Dominant Discourse: The Case of the 6th Grade History Textbook Revision in Greece
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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