A Qualitative Study on Historical Empathy: Examination of History Teachers' Perceptions, Perspectives and Experiences

Kaya Yılmaz, Funda Koca
2012 Gaziantep University Journal of Social Sciences  
Historical empathy is among those skills that the secondary school history curriculum requires students to attain as an important learning outcome of history teaching. This study examined the perceptions, perspectives and experiences of history teachers who are curriculum practitioners. Qualitative study methods were used in the study. The research results indicated that the participants had weak, fragmented and incomplete perceptions of and misconceptions about historical empathy that they
more » ... used with either sympathy or other historical concepts and thinking skills. The participants' gender and the type of university degree that they had were found to have effects on their perceptions of historical empathy. Identified as having unsophisticated conceptual understandings of historical empathy, the teachers' practices in classrooms were also detected to be inconsistent with the nature and characteristic features of historical empathy. There were some research data in the study that shed light on the reasons responsible for giving rise to these unwanted results. What promising findings were obtained in the research was that the teachers had positive attitudes toward historical empathy and believed in its importance in the teaching and learning of history. The problems and issues that the teachers faced when implementing historical empathy were also included in the study findings
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