Policy and practice of Holocaust education in Scotland

Paula Cowan, Henry Maitles

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In contrast to the situation in England and Wales, Holocaust education in Scotland is not mandatory and is not delivered to every school student. Still, it is offered frequently. In this article we show how Scotland's changing curriculum, the introduction of Holocaust Memorial Day, and the Lessons from Auschwitz Project have contributed to the growth of Holocaust education in Scotland over the last decade. We discuss the significance of each of these three factors, the impact of Holocaust education, and the inter-related nature of their practice with relevant references to the English equivalent. We further examine the role of Holocaust education at both the primary and secondary level, consider the challenges for Holocaust education in Scotland, and conclude that although large numbers of students in Scotland are currently engaging with Holocaust education, these three factors continue to play a vital role in its success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-272
Number of pages16
JournalProspects: Comparative Journal of Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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