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Normální život v nenormální době : základní školy a jejich učitelé (nejen) v období normalizace

Title in English Normal Life In Not So Normal Times. Primary Schools And Their Teachers (Not Only) During The So-Called Normalization Period
Authors

ZOUNEK Jiří KNOTOVÁ Dana ŠIMÁNĚ Michal

Year of publication 2017
Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description The volume is one of the main outcomes of a research project called “Everyday life of a primary school in the Normalization period as viewed by teachers. Using oral history in studying contemporary history of formal education”, supported by the Czech Science Foundation (project no. 14-05926S). The first chapter of the book focuses on methodology of historical-pedagogical research. In its first part, the authors discuss one of the possible approaches to researching general history, presenting the so-called history of the everyday and microhistory. Then they show how adopting this approach may influence research in contemporary history of pedagogy and education. They describe and explain the nature, limits and possibilities of oral history and researching teachers’ life stories. In the end of the chapter, the authors pay attention to the theoretical basis of researching teachers’ life stories, dealing also with some general issues in narrative analysis in history research. The following chapter deals with sources of knowledge about the past. The next chapter describes and explains the methodology of the research undertaken, which combines two approaches to studying contemporary history – macrohistory and microhistory – in order to achieve a more complex understanding of the topic. Another important part of the book is the historical framework containing a brief history of socialist education. This chapter provides a general historical context to the findings of the research. The following chapters of the volume present the main findings of the research.
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