History events at the IHR

Teacher memories and the history of education: examples and analysis of professional memory

26 September 2013, 17:30 - 19:30

Event Type: Seminar


Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz (Visiting Professor, Institute of Education London)


Education might be viewed as a construction and reconstruction of personal and social stories (Connelly & Clandinin, 1990). Real life events of teaching are part of the history of practice. Stenhouse (1979) talks about history as "a critical refinement of memory". The collection of stories of retired teachers in Israel provides a mode of reconstructing the history of education over time. This paper presents some insights about education in Israel in the first years after the establishment of the state of Israel, based on the recollected stories of retired teachers. The teacher's stories are analyzed according to the content of teacher memories and the impact of the teaching context on their recollections. This analysis uncovers the impact of the historical context on the nature of teacher experiences on one hand, and enriches the historical understanding through the reality of individual personal experiences.  Teacher memories provide a different way of studying the history of education, enabling scholars to go back in time to different realities. The paper notes as well, other attempts for using personal narratives for understanding and imagining the history of education.

The seminar will be followed by an informal Reception.

Venue: Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way

Venue: Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

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