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Article alert: “Historians and conceptual change in history itself: The domain as a unit of analysis”

Article alert: “Historians and conceptual change in history itself: The domain as a unit of analysis”

Please check out the recent theoretical paper by Mikko Kainulainen, Marjaana Puurtinen and Clark Chinn, published in International Journal of Educational Research in fall 2019, via this link.

Abstract: Along their path towards expertise, historians undergo conceptual changes. The purpose of this theoretical paper is to argue that conceptual change in history involves, first, a fundamental shift from an understanding of history as the past to an understanding of history as human production. And second, expert conceptual change involves understanding multiple approaches to the production of history. Each approach is associated with constraints on historical concepts and meta-concepts. We outline differences and similarities between these broad approaches through a framework that merges epistemic cognition and historical theory. Currently, there exists no singular conception of history to set as an unproblematic aim of epistemic education, and conceptual change must therefore embrace the aim of understanding of multiple conceptions.

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Jonas Ahlskog

Jonas Ahlskog

Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University

Jonas Ahlskog holds PhD in philosophy and works at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. His research focuses on philosophy of testimony, memory studies, philosophy of history and cultural theory. He has published articles on these topics in journals such as Philosophical Investigations and Historisk tidskrift, and specialized in the role of testimonial knowledge in historical research. Ahlskog is also active as the director of Folkets bildningsförbund, an association organizing public discussion about social and cultural issues.

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Erkki Anto

Erkki Anto

Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku

Erkki Anto (MA, education) works as a Project Researcher at the Department of Teacher Education and has specialized in the use of the eye-tracking methodology in educational research settings. He is preparing a doctoral dissertation about the text-comprehension skills of university students.

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Natan Elgabsi

Natan Elgabsi

Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University

Natan Elgabsi is a Ph.D. candidate at the department of Philosophy at Åbo Akademi University. He works on the problem between epistemology and ethics, and especially on how this problem is evident in scientific debates on history, memory and genealogy. The major ethical problem for him is the researcher’s authority as an expert, and thus the question of his responsibility which undoubtedly tends to announce itself when scientifically rendering stories of historical or genealogical belonging. His point of departure is hermeneutic, and drawing mostly on ideas from J. Derrida, P. Ricoeur, H.G. Gadamer, and S.Weil.

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Mikko Kainulainen

Mikko Kainulainen

Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku

Mikko Kainulainen is a PhD candidate at the University of Turku, Finland. His research focuses on history education, mathematics education, epistemic cognition and conceptual change. In mathematics, he has studied the learning of rational numbers. Kainulainen has experience in teaching and other educational work in both academia and the private sector. He has designed digital learning environments and developed educational methods for using a mobile application to advance K-12 students’ spontaneous focusing on mathematical aspects of everyday life. Based in Helsinki, Kainulainen is currently working on a doctoral thesis about the development of history experts in higher education.

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu

Associate Professor of Philosophy Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and has also worked in the universities of Durham, Leiden and Hull. Kuukkanen is a founder and co-director of The Oulu Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, and has published widely on the philosophy of science and specifically on Thomas Kuhn, on the philosophical foundations of the historiography of science and the history of ideas, and on the philosophy of historiography. His book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography (Palgrave) was published in 2015.

Ilkka Lähteenmäki

Ilkka Lähteenmäki

Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu

Ilkka Lähteenmäki is a PhD candidate at University of Oulu, Finland. His research focuses on possibilities and limitations of different forms of historical (re)presentation, including games, social media feed, museum exhibitions, and of course the traditional narrative historical text. Lähteenmäki is currently working on a thesis which discusses the theoretical usefulness of conceptualising different kinds of historical representations as historical worlds instead of informative texts or explanations.

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Jan Löfström

Jan Löfström

Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku

Jan Löfström, PhD, is Associate Professor in History and Social Studies Education at the University of Turku (2019–), and previously University Lecturer in History and Social Studies Education at the University of Helsinki (1999–2019). His research interests include uses of history, teaching of controversial and sensitive history, historical consciousness, theoretical foundations of school social studies, economic education, and gender education. He is since 2018 Researcher (25 %) at the Linnaeus University, Sweden, in a project directed by Professor Niklas Ammert (Linnaeus University), on the intersections of historical and moral consciousness, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

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Kalle Pihlainen

Kalle Pihlainen

Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University

Kalle Pihlainen is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Theory at Åbo Akademi University and of Political History and Cultural History at the University of Turku, Finland. His research focuses on the theory and philosophy of history as well as literary and historical culture, with particular emphasis on the ethics and politics of historical representation, embodiment and existential phenomenology. He has published extensively on these topics in journals and anthologies, and a book, The Work of History: Constructivism and a Politics of the Past (Routledge). His current research project, funded by the Estonian Research Council, concentrates on the turn to materiality in recent theory debates. He is active in a number of organizations for the promotion of research in the theory and philosophy of history, including the International Network for Theory of History (INTH), of which he is a co-founder.