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'We saw inhumanity close up'. What is gained by school students from Scotland visiting Auschwitz?

Maitles, H. and Cowan, P. (2011) 'We saw inhumanity close up'. What is gained by school students from Scotland visiting Auschwitz? Curriculum Journal, 43 (2). pp. 163-184. ISSN 0958-5176

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Abstract

As the education for citizenship agenda continues to impact on schools in the UK and with the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) in conjunction with the Scottish Government introducing its Lessons From Auschwitz (LFA) project for students and teachers in Scotland, this article focuses on the Scottish context and investigates the school processes by which students are chosen to participate in the LFA project, the impact the LFA project has on student personal growth, and the range of follow-up activities in their schools and communities. The methodology employed online questionnaires and face-to-face interviews which were designed to ascertain student perceptions of the LFA project and the impact that this project had on student participants, their schools, and their communities. Findings demonstrate that the student cohort were highly academic students who took their responsibilities on return to their schools very seriously and organized a wide range of events, both in their schools and in their communities. There was clear evidence that the LFA project had led to extra teaching and awareness of the Holocaust, racism, and human rights; and that students' citizenship values had been enhanced.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26199
Notes: AHR - H.R. submitted publication HASS Also presented at the European conference of education research 2009. http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/26237/
Keywords: scotland, scottish school children, auschwitz, history, Education (General)
Subjects: Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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Depositing user: Mr Adam Swann
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 14:58
Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 01:33
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26199

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