Constructing Histories

Mario Carretero and Angela Bermudez

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Constructing Histories


In this chapter we discuss how people in present societies construct historical narratives. This topic, related to the field of the teaching and learning of history, extends to the debates in the last decade about the “history wars” maintained in numerous societies. All these cases share a process of consumption and production of historical narratives. To this respect, school history master narratives are analyzed in terms of six common features. On the other hand, a theoretical distinction between Romantic and Enlightened functions of teaching of history is presented. From this point of view, significant educational developments and research in this field are analyzed, showing the limitations and possibilities of both functions. Finally, the relevance of socio-cultural theories for the field of learning and teaching history is also presented, along with future developments in this area of study.

Keywords: learning history; historical narratives; national identities; constructivism

Article.  16395 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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