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For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography


The Meeting of History in Blois each year allow historians and teachers, but also enthusiasts and pupils and students, to meet, discuss and exchange on history, from research to teaching. In addition to the many conferences and exhibitions, round tables are offered where professionals reflect on their profession. History for all was thus interested in the presentation of the collective For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography. We summarize here the intervention of Laurence De Cock, one of the initiators of this project.


Genesis of the collective For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography

Originally, there was a project that emerged at the end of the 1960s, on the initiative of Suzanne Citron (author among others of The national myth, the history of France in question, Les éditions Ouvrières, 1987), one of the pioneers in the critical deconstruction of school curricula, which she found too ethnocentric and focused on the "national myth". In 1968, she published an article in the Annales entitled For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography, postfaced and supported by Fernand Braudel. In this text, Suzanne Citron asserts that we cannot reform the teaching of history and geography without returning to a global and modern definition of the educational purpose. In addition, the historian believes that it is necessary to reflect more generally on the nature and the place of history-geography in the development of the human sciences in general, by not focusing only on the teaching and the content of the studies. programs. Finally, she calls for a disciplinary decompartmentalization, criticizes linearity, the place of the narrative and the concern for encyclopedism, and militates for the establishment of special links between higher and secondary.

The collective wants to be situated in the heritage of Suzanne Citron, in the context of a frenzy of reforms (programs, teacher training, etc.) which questions the profession of history-geography teacher. The project is also part of the logic of the book The school factory of history (Agone, 2009), which aimed to initiate a first update of the questions raised by the teaching of history-geography. The goal is to build a place of questioning, a nebula of professors, researchers and teacher-researchers, wishing to reflect on teaching and programs, to possibly be heard by those in charge of decisions. The aggiornamento is also seen as a step aside from the CVUH, a possible extension to colleagues who do not necessarily feel in the political line of the CVUH, but all the same interested in a reflection on their profession as history-geography teacher or historians.

Goals and modalities

First of all, we have to define the contours of the professional identity of teachers, in a context where everyone, even without being a teacher, has their own idea of ​​how to teach and of possible school problems. Which is almost a specificity of this profession. The second thing, in the continuation, is to be able to assert the quality of experts of the members of the collective: the professor of history-geography has a quality of expertise in his work, and he must be a force of interpellation and proposal. How then to intervene in the public space? The collective is launching experiments, for example a blog to emphasize the complementarity between research and teaching in secondary education. A platform open to all, a place for reflection and intervention, as well as a space for proposals. Teachers must therefore be able to become links in the chain.

In conclusion, the collective For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography Seeks to be unifying, a place of democratization in which speaking is free and legitimate, as long as it concerns professionals in the teaching of history and geography.

- Blog of For an aggiornamento of the teaching of history-geography.

To read

- L. De Cock, E. Picard (dir), The school factory of history, Agone, 2009.

- S. Lemon, The national myth, the history of France in question, Les éditions Ouvrières, 1987.


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