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History Passion Project: Purpose, Value and Pleasure

Author: Alan and Jeanne Booth

Type: Conference Presentation

History Passion Project

This project examines a neglected dimension of the experience of teaching history in higher education: the place of love for the discipline and what inspires it; how it is demonstrated in interactions with students; hw it influences pedagogic hopes and ideals; and the impact it makes upon student development. We wanted to turn a spotlight on the influence of passion, and generate some practical digital resources to foster an enlarged conversation about teaching history and support historians in their role as teachers.

During Autumn 2010 a questionnaire was set up online which was completed by over 10% of historians in HE history departments in the UK; filmed historians talking about issues of motivation; influences and inspirations; what students get from history teaching and why it matters; methods and approaches; and developing as a history teacher in higher education.

This session will draw on the questionnaire and filmed interviews to report on findings and themes arising from History Passion Project. It will be linked to a panel-led workshop on the second day of the conference that will provide opportunities for extended discussion of issues arising from the survey and for future-thinking about the teaching of history in higher education.

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