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National Identity and Educational Reform

Contested Classrooms, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Anderson Worden

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National identity in Moldova remains contested despite repeated attempts by governments, historians, and educators to cultivate a shared sense of national belonging through the development of history textbooks. Concern over professional status and distrust of the government’s motivations halted these reforms, demonstrating that the success of such efforts greatly depends on teachers’ and citizens’ social memory and everyday lives.

This volume looks at educational reform and the struggle over national identity in the history classroom from the perspectives of five different groups: elected politicians, Ministry of Education officials, textbook authors and historians, teachers, and students. Each chapter explores the actors’ motivations and agendas regarding reform, their role in promoting or obstructing the reform process, and their opinions about the ensuing controversy. Drawing on months of fieldwork and original research, author Elizabeth Worden examines the importance of teachers and students in the success or failure of a reform initiative.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Moldovan Histories: An Overview of Moldovan History, the Post-Soviet Textbook Development, and Social Memory 2. The Government: Creating Identities 3. Historians, Textbooks Authors, and Historical "Truth" 4. Teachers: Mediating the State and the Nation 5. Students: Sharing the Past but Not the Future Conclusion: Learning Lessons from Moldova

About the Author

Elizabeth Anderson Worden is an assistant professor at American University, Washington, DC, USA. Her research examines how governments foster national belonging through education during social and political transition. She has published articles in Compare and Comparative Education Review. Dr. Worden’s research interests include history teaching, memory, citizenship education, and international exchange.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education

This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU007000
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDU029040
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General