Teaching African History in Schools

Experiences and Perspectives from Africa and Beyond

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Volume Editors: Denise Bentrovato and Johan Wassermann
Emerging from the pioneering work of the African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika), Teaching African History in Schools offers an original Africa-centred contribution to international history education research. Edited by AHE-Afrika’s founders and directors, the volume thus addresses a notable gap in this field by showcasing otherwise marginalised scholarship from and about Africa.

Teaching African History in Schools constitutes a unique collection of nine empirical studies, interrogating curriculum and textbook contents, and teachers’ and learners’ voices and experiences as they relate to teaching and learning African history across the continent and beyond. Case studies include South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Cameroon and Tanzania, as well as the UK and Canada.

Contributors are: Denise Bentrovato, Carol Bertram, Jean-Leonard Buhigiro, Annie Fatsereni Chiponda, Raymond Nkwenti Fru, Marshall Tamuka Maposa, Abdul Mohamud, Sabrina Moisan, Reville Nussey, Nancy Rushohora, Johan Wassermann, and Robin Whitburn.

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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 The Recontextualising Logics of Four Post-Colonial African School History Curriculum Documents
  • Chapter 2 The Contradiction between Policy and the Representation of People with Disabilities in Malawian Junior Secondary School History Textbooks
  • Chapter 3 The Experiences of Post-Colonial Africa as Represented in South African History Textbooks
  • Chapter 4 Exploring Silences in History Education
  • Chapter 5 The Challenges of Teaching the Majimaji War in Contemporary Tanzania
  • Chapter 6 Mediating Emotive Knowledge in the Presence of Historical Trauma
  • Chapter 7 Emotional Elephants and Other Baggage
  • Chapter 8 Race and Apartheid in the History Classroom
  • Chapter 9 Engagements with South African Apartheid History through the Lens of Human Rights in Quebec History Classrooms
  • Chapter 10 Concluding Reflections on an Anti-Colonial History Education Project
Denise Bentrovato, Ph.D. (2013), is an extraordinary lecturer in History Education at the University of Pretoria and co-director of the African Association for History Education. She is also affiliated to the University of Leuven and the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Goma.

Johan Wassermann, Ph.D. (2005), is Professor of History Education and Head of Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria. He is also co-director of the African Association for History Education.
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Introduction
Denise Bentrovato and Johan Wassermann

1 The Recontextualising Logics of Four Post-Colonial African School History Curriculum Documents: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Carol Bertram
2 The Contradiction between Policy and the Representation of People with Disabilities in Malawian Junior Secondary School History Textbooks
Annie Fatsireni Chiponda
3 The Experiences of Post-Colonial Africa as Represented in South African History Textbooks
Marshall Tamuka Maposa
4 Exploring Silences in History Education: The Case of the Re-Unification of Cameroon in a Francophone Cameroonian History Textbook
Raymond Nkwenti Fru and Johan Wassermann
5 The Challenges of Teaching the Majimaji War in Contemporary Tanzania
Nancy Rushohora
6 Mediating Emotive Knowledge in the Presence of Historical Trauma: Emotions in History Teachers’ Everyday Discourses and Practices around Genocide Education in Rwanda
Denise Bentrovato and Jean-Leonard Buhigiro
7 Emotional Elephants and Other Baggage: The Effects of Oral History on Teachers’ Roles When Engaging with Controversial Issues in the South African Primary-School History Classroom
Reville J. Nussey
8 Race and Apartheid in the History Classroom: Learning in South Africa and England
Robin Whitburn and Abdul Mohamud
9 Engagements with South African Apartheid History through the Lens of Human Rights in Quebec History Classrooms: A Case Study from outside Africa
Sabrina Moisan
10 Concluding Reflections on an Anti-Colonial History Education Project
Johan Wassermann and Denise Bentrovato

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Anyone interested in international developments in history education, specifically in the teaching and learning of African history in the 21st century. Recommendable to educational institutions and libraries across Africa and worldwide.