Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
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Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society

Editor: Eckhardt Fuchs, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research


Volume 8 / 2016, 2 issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Subjects: Education, Media, Social Sciences


Published on behalf of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

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Representing Australia's Involvement in the First World War: Discrepancies between Public Discourses and School History Textbooks from 1916 to 1936

Heather Sharp

Abstract

This article investigates discrepancies between narratives of national independence in public discourses surrounding the First World War and narratives of loyalty in school textbooks in Queensland, Australia. Five textbooks commonly used in schools from 1916 to 1936 are analyzed in order to ascertain how the First World War was represented to pupils via the history curriculum. This article argues that, although public discourses were in a state of flux, and often viewed Australia as a country that was becoming increasingly independent of its colonial ruler Great Britain, textbooks that maintained a static view continued to look to Great Britain as a context in which to teach national history to school pupils.

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