n Historia - South Africa's revised History curriculum on globalism and national narratives in grade 12 textbooks
|Article Title||South Africa's revised History curriculum on globalism and national narratives in grade 12 textbooks|
|© Publisher:||Historical Association of South Africa (HASA)|
|Author||Elize S. Van Eeden|
|Publication Date||May 2010|
|Pages||110 - 124|
Transcontinental trends, for example, to change history curricula as highlighted by LaSpina, fit the South African shoe very well. The multicultural, global-like model of representation in history specifically signals its visibility in the History Curriculum Statement of South Africa as approved in 2003. In many ways, educational trends were also fed by the ideological trends of the day and began having an effect on debates on the trends in the representation of the history of South Africa. This article focuses broadly on the transformation of the South African curriculum after 1994; it provides a critical assessment of the utilisation of the concept of globalism, as stated in the newly revised and approved History curriculum in the most recently published grade 12 textbooks. Although approved and included in these textbooks, this theme is still in its developmental stages of implementation. Another concern, namely the approach to national narratives, is also debated. The intention, among others, is to stimulate debate among historians, history educators, authors and publishers, on the writing of grade 12 History textbooks - rather than remaining ignorant for too long on present and future implications of the grade 12 textbooks for the Further Education and Training Phase (FET).
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