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Telling Children About the Past: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

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Volume 6

International Monographs in Prehistory: Ethnoarchaeology Series

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Telling Children About the Past

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Edited by Nena Galanidou and Liv Helga Dommasnes

324 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-87962-140-4 $59.95/£43.00 Pb Published (December 2007)

eISBN 978-1-78920-184-0 eBook


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This book brings together archeologists, historians, psychologists, and educators from different countries and academic traditions to address the many ways that we tell children about the (distant) past. Knowing the past is fundamentally important for human societies, as well as for individual development. The authors expose many unquestioned assumptions and preformed images in narratives of the past that are routinely presented to children. The contributors both examine the ways in which children come to grips with the past and critically assess the many ways in which contemporary societies and an increasing number of commercial agents construct and use the past.

Nena Galanidou is Associate Professor of History & Archaeology at University of Crete.

Liv Helga Dommasnes is a professor in the Department of Cultural History at University of Bergen.

Subject: Archaeology Educational Studies



Contents

Contributing Authors
Acknowledgements

Introduction: Children and Narratives of the Past
Liv Helga Dommasnes and Nena Galanidou

PART I: LEARNING PATHS: COGNITIVE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Chapter 1. Cognitive and Neural Developments that Make it Possible to Experience the Past as the Present
Patricia J. Bauer

Chapter 2. Autobiography, Time and History: Children’s Construction of the Past in Family Reminiscing
Robyn Fivush

Chapter 3. Representing the Past in Pictures
Alan Costall and Ann Richards

Chapter 4. Children’s Understanding of Authenticity
Susan A. Gelman and Brandy N. Frazier

PART II: CONTECTS OF TELLING I: DIGITAL AND PRINTED MEDIA

Chapter 5. Groovin’ to Ancient Peru: a Critical Analysis of Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove
Helaine Silverman

Chapter 6. Telling Children About the Past Using Electronic Games
Maria Economou

Chapter 7. In a Child’s Eyes: Human Origins and the Paleolithic in Children’s Book Illustrations
Nena Galanidou

Chapter 8. Writing Prehistory for Children. A Comparison Between Author and Publisher-Edited Versions
Pascale Binant

Chapter 9. Museums and Archaeological Sites as the Setting for Wondrous Tales
Christos Boulotis

PART III: CONTEXTS OF TELLING II: MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES

Chapter 10. Exhibiting the Past to Children
Andromache Gazi

Chapter 11. Eviscerating Barbie: Telling Children About Egyptian Mummification
Lauren E. Talalay and Todd Gerring

Chapter 12. Conversations About the Past: Families in an Archaeology Museum
Theano Moussouri

Chapter 13. Small People versus Big Heritage
Liv Helga Dommasnes

PART IV: CONTEXTS OF TELLING III: SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CLASSROOMS

Chapter 14. Landscapes and Winter Counts: Lakota Ways of Telling Children About the Past
Craig Howe

Chapter 15. Telling Children About the Past in Brazil
Ana Piñón and Pedro Funari

Chapter 16. From Fragments to Contexts: Teaching Prehistory to Village Children in Romania
Corina Sarbu and Dragos Gheorghiu

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