Holocaust Education

Contemporary challenges and controversies

Edited by Stuart Foster, Andy Pearce, and Alice Pettigrew

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ISBN: 9781787357969

Publication: July 06, 2020

Teaching and learning about the Holocaust is central to school curriculums in many parts of the world. As a field for discourse and a body of practice, it is rich, multidimensional and innovative. But the history of the Holocaust is complex and challenging, and can render teaching it a complex and daunting area of work.

Drawing on landmark research into teaching practices and students’ knowledge in English secondary schools, Holocaust Education: Contemporary challenges and controversies provides important knowledge about and insights into classroom teaching and learning. It sheds light on key challenges in Holocaust education, including the impact of misconceptions and misinformation, the dilemmas of using atrocity images in the classroom, and teaching in ethnically diverse environments. Overviews of the most significant debates in Holocaust education provide wider context for the classroom evidence, and contribute to a book that will act as a guide through some of the most vexed areas of Holocaust pedagogy for teachers, teacher educators, researchers and policymakers.

Professor Stuart Foster is Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. He has provided strategic leadership for the Centre since its inception in 2008. He was a co-author of the Centre’s two landmark national studies (2009 and 2016), focused on teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Stuart also serves as Executive Director of the British government’s flagship First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme. He has written more than fifty scholarly articles and book chapters focused on history education and he has authored or co-authored six books.

Andy Pearce is Associate Professor in Holocaust and History Education who has worked in Holocaust education for over ten years. He is involved in delivering CPD for teachers, in educational research, and has collaborated with the Imperial War Museum, the Wiener Holocaust Library, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. A trained historian, he is the author of Holocaust Consciousness in Contemporary Britain (Routledge 2014) and has edited Holocaust Education 25 Years On (Routledge 2018), Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings (Routledge 2018), and The Palgrave Handbook on Britain and the Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).

Alice Pettigrew is Head of Research at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and was one of the principal authors of the Centre’s 2016 and 2009 research studies, What Do Students Know About the Holocaust? and Teaching About the Holocaust in England’s Secondary Schools. She is also the co-author of two education studies texts, Learning in Contemporary Culture and Education Studies: A Reflective Reader (Learning Matters, Sage) and has acted in an advisory capacity for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Education Working Group.

List of figures

1.    Challenges, issues and controversies: The shapes of ‘Holocaust education’ in the early twenty-first century
Andy Pearce

2.    To what extent does the acquisition of historical knowledge really matter when studying the Holocaust?
Stuart Foster

3.   Learning the lessons of the Holocaust: A critical exploration
Arthur Chapman

4.   'They were just following orders': Relationships between Milgram’s obedience experiments and conceptions of Holocaust perpetration
Rebecca Hale

5.    Look before you leap: Teaching about the Holocaust in primary schools
Eleni Karayianni

6.    British Responses to the Holocaust: Student and teacher perspectives on the development of a new classroom resource
Tom Haward

7.    ‘I know it’s not really true, but it might just tell us …’ The troubled relationship between The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and understanding about the Holocaust
Darius Jackson

8.    Antisemitism and Holocaust education
Andy Pearce, Stuart Foster and Alice Pettigrew

9.    Muslim students and the Holocaust in England’s secondary schools: ‘Reluctant learners’ or constructed controversies?
Alice Pettigrew

10.    Seeing things differently: The use of atrocity images in teaching about the Holocaust
Ruth-Anne Lenga


'This book will stimulate educators’ thinking about the challenges of teaching the Holocaust. ...I would recommend [Stuart Foster's] chapter [as] required reading for student history teachers, and teachers of the Holocaust. ...Karayianni’s chapter on teaching about the Holocaust in the primary school provides empirical research in an under-researched area. ...Lenga’s words of caution are accompanied by considered practical recommendations to support teachers in their duty of care to their pupils. These will be welcomed by educators of the Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide alike.'
Educational Review

'... A commanding exploration of the complex issues surrounding Holocaust education in the twentieth-century.'
  Holocaust Studies: A Journal of culture and History

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

238 Pages

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Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787357969

Publication: July 06, 2020

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