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A Useless Subject?

Teaching Civic Education in Italy from the School Programs of 1958 to the Present Day

Paolo Bianchini and Maria Cristina Morandini

not always enjoyed the attention it deserves from politicians, teachers, and educationalists. This, at least, is the case in Italy, where civic education, which should have had a greater role in shaping the model of the democratic and republican

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Dmitry Shlapentokh

Events of the distant past can become the subjects of animated online debates, revealing high levels of ethnic tension between ethnic Russians and minorities. This has been the case with disputes about a recent Russian movie on Genghis Khan, for instance, which is nearing completion in Yakutia. The Internet debate forum has revealed several models of the relationship between ethnic Russians and minorities. First, there is the Eurasian model, which implies a "symbiosis" between these two groups with ethnic Russians playing the lead roles. Second, there is the Asiatic version of Eurasianism, where the Asian minorities play the roles of leaders. Third, there is the concept of Russia for Russians.

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Between the Old and the New World in Poland

Marian Falski’s <em>Elementarz</em>

Joanna Wojdon

Marian Falski’s “Reading Primer” (Elementarz) was the first textbook to be published in Warsaw in 1945 by the newly established State School Publishing House (Państwowe Zakłady Wydawnictw Szkolnych). It was officially approved by the Ministry of Education and by the Censorship Office, but nevertheless had an interim character, unlike other editions published before, during and after the war, both in Poland and abroad. The core of the book was reprinted from the prewar edition. However, in his depictions of war trauma and postwar circumstances the author was apparently trying to comply with the propaganda model developed during the Stalinist period. These findings are empirically grounded in a content analysis of the primers following archival research conducted in the files of the Ministry of Education and the Censorship Office, both of which are housed in the Modern Records Archive (Archiwum Akt Nowych) in Warsaw.

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School History Atlases as Instruments of Nation-State Making and Maintenance

A Remark on the Invisibility of Ideology in Popular Education

Tomasz Kamusella

School history atlases are used almost exclusively as required textbooks in Central and Eastern Europe, where the model of the ethnolinguistic nation-state rules supreme. My hypothesis is that these atlases are used in this region because a graphic presentation of the past makes it possible for students to grasp the idea of the presumably "natural" or "inescapable" overlapping of historical, linguistic, and demographic borders, the striving for which produced the present-day ethnolinguistic nation-states. Conversely, school history atlases provide a framework to indoctrinate the student with the beliefs that ethnolinguistic nationalism is the sole correct kind of nationalism, and that the neighboring polities have time and again unjustly denied the "true and natural" frontiers to the student's nation-state.

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Dutch Economic Textbooks in the 1970s

Raising the Status of a New Secondary School Type by Means of Mathematical Abstraction

Gerrit F. Gorter, Hilda T. A. Amsing, and Jeroen J. H. Dekker

derived not only from the subject matter presented in the form of economic models, but from the fact that mathematics, especially algebra, had begun to play a more dominant role. The new role ascribed to mathematics was especially evident in the textbook

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Monica Reichenberg

present study will contribute to a better explanation of textbook usage. Aims and Objectives The aim of the article is to understand the extent to which Swedish teachers use textbooks and to examine this usage, for which a structural equation model will

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Introduction

Textbooks in Periods of Political Transition after the Second World War

Kira Mahamud Angulo and Anna Ascenzi

instability; and the absence of a previous democratic model. As Susan Baker and Petr Jehlička state, “The democratic character of Albania … [has] few democratic credentials.” 16 The legacy of the past permeated the process, creating a contradictory situation

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Kira Mahamud Angulo and Yovana Hernández Laina

expressly mentions the term “economic development plan.” Although as early as 1957, a “Technical General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Government” was established, symbolizing the adoption of the prevailing international technocratic model or of a

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Introduction: World Knowledge and Non-European Space

Nineteenth Century Geography Textbooks and Children’s Books

Andreas Weiß

century, as it transposed a European educational model onto a non-European one. Then, an analysis of the childhood memories of the Bengali elite offers insight into the daily life of Calcutta, one of the most important cities of the British Empire. The

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Jingyi Li

seven, pupils are taught “early to bed, early to rise” and to “put away school work before watching TV.” 26 In the same volume, a hard-working scientist is presented as a role model. Interviews show that the promotion of diligence was not a part of the