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More open to diversity?: the longer term citizenship impact of learning about the Holocaust

Maitles, Henry and Cowan, Paula (2008) More open to diversity?: the longer term citizenship impact of learning about the Holocaust. In: Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation. Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe, London, pp. 521-530. ISBN 978-0-9560454-7-8

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This is the third stage of a longitudinal study that investigates the learning of the Holocaust on pupils' citizenship values. We firstly compared primary pupils' values before and after their learning of the Holocaust; and secondly tracked these pupils into secondary to compare their attitudes with their peers who had not studied the Holocaust in primary school. It involves 200 pupils from a predominantly white rural community in the West of Scotland with very few ethnic minority pupils. The core group are now aged 15-16 years and this study continues to investigate their citizenship values using a values survey. This study is of interest to those involved in citizenship education, Holocaust education, antiracist and values education.