Family Histories and Identites of Integration: The Use of Family Concept in History Classroom in Spanish Kindergarten and Elementary School*

By Jorge Ortuno-Molina, Sebastian Molina-Puche and Pedro Miralles-Martínez.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The forging of identities is a complex process that envelops personal, social and cultural identities. This paper looks at the role that education, especially History, plays in identities and how the use of the family concept, by working with family histories in the classroom, could help to engender more tolerant and respectful identities, in plural, in our current multicultural societies. However, this useful educational tool (family) is not used to full advantage in the Spanish curricula in Elementary School, and especially in Kindergarten, although it is a versatile concept that is close to the children’s reality. On the contrary, the teaching on the family at school depicts a standard, unreal model that is far removed from today’s dynamic and plural societies.

Keywords: Family, Identity, Spanish Curriculum, Elementary Education, Kindergarten

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.169-184. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 820.955KB).

Dr. Jorge Ortuno-Molina

Associated Professor, Social Sciences Teaching Department, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Jorge Ortuno-Molina is professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Murcia (Spain). His field of research is on History Teaching at school, specially the use of History to create identities.

Dr. Sebastian Molina-Puche

Associated Professor, Social Sciences Teaching Department, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Sebastian Molina-Puche is professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Murcia (Spain). His field of research is on creation of identities and citizenship by History Teaching at school.

Dr. Pedro Miralles-Martínez

Profesor Titular de Universidad, Departamento de Didáctica de las Ciencias Matemáticas y Sociales, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Pedro Miralles-Martínez is professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Murcia (Spain). His field of research is on textbooks, assessment, family and historical thinking at compulsory education stages.

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