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Understanding and Teaching Holocaust Education

by Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles SAGE Publications Ltd
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The Holocaust is a controversial and difficult teaching topic that needs to be approached sensitively and with an awareness of the complex and emotive issues involved. This book offers pragmatic pedagogical and classroom-based guidance for teachers and trainee teachers on how to intelligently teach holocaust education in a meaningful and age-appropriate way.

Key coverage includes:

· Practical approaches and useful resources for teaching in schools

· Holocaust education and citizenship

· Holocaust remembrance as an educational opportunity

· How to explore the topic of anti-semitism in the classroom

· Exploring international perspectives on holocaust education

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Nature of Holocaust Education
Chapter 3: Citizenship and Holocaust Education
Chapter 4: Antisemitism
Chapter 5: The Complexities of Holocaust Memorials and Remembrance Day
Chapter 6: The Importance of Language
Chapter 7: Teaching the Holocaust in Primary Schools
Chapter 8: Pedagogy
Chapter 9: Teaching Approaches
Chapter 10: Visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust Memorial and Museum
Chapter 11: Student Teachers' Perspectives
Chapter 12: Conclusions

This book should be read by anyone involved or interested in Holocaust education. The two authors have researched into and written about Holocaust education for over two decades. They are explicit that this is not “a practical guide” (142), mercifully refraining from easy quick answers based on “this worked for me” arguments; instead they set out “to broaden and develop teachers’ and educators’ understanding of the key issues in Holocaust Education” (192). The book is a professional dialogue: you are forced to reflect on your own ideas and assumptions, whilst, at times, you will also find yourself arguing with the authors. What more can you ask of a book on education?

Paula Cowan University of the West of Scotland

Henry Maitles University of the West of Scotland