Poetry, charcoal and a requiem: an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students

Graham Duffy, Paula Cowan

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Duffy and Cowan investigate the interdisciplinary learning teaching approach in teaching the Holocaust to primary 7 students (aged 10-11 years). In this study, focus is placed on integrating History, Poetry, Art and Music over a period of eight weeks. In doing so, the authors provide new insight into classroom teaching approaches adopted in teaching the Holocaust in the primary teaching context. This chapter demonstrates the importance of teacher preparation prior to teaching the Holocaust in terms of classroom ethos, and identifies several features of good practice. It concludes that interdisciplinary learning is an effective means of engaging primary students in their first encounters with the Holocaust, and in developing their historical knowledge and critical thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHolocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward
EditorsClaus-Christian W. Szejnmann, Paula Cowan, James Griffiths
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter4
Pages57-73
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73099-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73098-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018

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NameThe Holocaust and its Contexts
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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Duffy, G., & Cowan, P. (2018). Poetry, charcoal and a requiem: an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students. In C-C. W. Szejnmann, P. Cowan, & J. Griffiths (Eds.), Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward (pp. 57-73). (The Holocaust and its Contexts). Palgrave Macmillan.
Duffy, Graham ; Cowan, Paula. / Poetry, charcoal and a requiem : an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students. Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward. editor / Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann ; Paula Cowan ; James Griffiths. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. pp. 57-73 (The Holocaust and its Contexts).
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Duffy, G & Cowan, P 2018, Poetry, charcoal and a requiem: an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students. in C-CW Szejnmann, P Cowan & J Griffiths (eds), Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward. The Holocaust and its Contexts, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 57-73.

Poetry, charcoal and a requiem : an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students. / Duffy, Graham; Cowan, Paula.

Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward. ed. / Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann; Paula Cowan; James Griffiths. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 57-73 (The Holocaust and its Contexts).

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Duffy G, Cowan P. Poetry, charcoal and a requiem: an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the Holocaust to primary students. In Szejnmann C-CW, Cowan P, Griffiths J, editors, Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018. p. 57-73. (The Holocaust and its Contexts).