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History Education at the foreground at the SASHT conference
By Adrienne van As
Education  |  Fri - 4 October 2019 8:27  |  Article Hits:182  |  A+ | a-
From 25 to 27 September 2019 TOGI lecturer Adrienne van As attended both an international seminar and conference on History Education, hosted by the University of Pretoria.
The African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika) and the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRASSHE) seminar focused on decolonising teaching and research where perspectives and experiences in history and social sciences education was shared by delegates from all across South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.
The theme of the two day 33rd SASHT & the 3rd AHE-AFRIKA conference was “History education and the state” where a closer examination of the role and implications of states’ political agenda and ideologies in the development and implementation of History curricula in Africa and in comparison with countries around the world were shared. The conference aimed to cover a variety of topics exploring the links between History Education and the state, and their multifarious manifestations in curricula, textbooks, pedagogy and classroom practices, teacher education at primary, secondary and tertiary level, assessment as well as history education in informal settings. This year 18 panels with 48 presenters were scheduled, consisting of papers from History Educationists from across Africa and beyond. In addition there were 51 attendees.
Adrienne’s presentation focused on investigating why Grade 4 learners must still learn about the history of the first steamships, a lesson topic within "Transport through time", especially within a postcolonial and decolonial paradigm. Critical questions must be asked for Intermediate Phase History curriculum development, especially in the light of upcoming changes to History Education in South Africa. This investigation includes analysis of Grade 4 Social Sciences textbooks and sources as well as critically engaging with CAPS and textbooks in other subjects and phases, including the Senior Phase and the Further Education and Training (FET) band.  
Delegrates who attended the AHE-Afrika and IRASHEE seminar on he 25th of September.
Delegrates who attended the AHE-Afrika and IRASHEE seminar on he 25th of September.
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