Yesterday & today: 2010 No 5
No. 5, October 2010
- Educating the nation about union - whose heritage? / Koekemoer, M
- The school as a microcosm of communities and their heritage and the need to encapsulate this in the writing of school histories. / Haupt, PM
- Exploring local histories in the use and appreciation of heritage and history in history curricula. / Van Eeden, ES
- The value of open distance learning (ODL) in assisting History teachers with heritage investigation. / Lubbe, HJ
- The value and role of cemeteries : designing a possible methodology for teaching heritage to history learners. / Warnich, P
- Setting up a school museum. / Marwick, M
- 'The power of power': Power stations as industrial heritage and their place in history and heritage education. / Krige, S
- Trans-European convergences in national textbooks for history education? An approach to the comparison of image sources in schoolbooks. / Popp, S
- The portfolio as an authentic assessment tool for learning: is it serving its purpose? / Van Wyk, ML & Carl, AE
- Finkelstein, N.G. 2003. The holocaust industry: reflections on the exploitation of jewish suffering. [Book review] / Koekemoer, M
- Allen, J. 2006. Rabble rouser for peace. [Book review] / Frank, F
Technically, the former "Gister en Vandag/Yesterday and Today" journal will enter its 30th year of existence in 2011. However, officially the publication ceased to exist in 1997 as a result of insufficient funding. After a decade under the auspices of the "South African Society for History Teaching", the "old" Journal was revived into a modern-day look, and renamed as Yesterday&Today. Whereas the content of the previous publication was mainly developed from the needs within the fields of General Education and Training and Further Education and Training, the 2010 and beyond publications of Yesterday&Today has gradually shaken off its "infancy" to include articles applicable to the teaching and learning of history at all educational levels.
The main focus of Yesterday&Today's Editorial Board and Editors is to publish articles that will promote and improve the teaching of history (this includes knowledge of history and the methodology of history teaching). Although the Editorial Board will from time to time publishes articles with a contemporary or/and controversial theme, the Board’s intentions are mainly to stimulate a variety of teaching approaches or/and perspectives on the past, and not to take part in or promote debates favouring any group or individual in South Africa's history. Yesterday&Today> is only published in English, and all articles are subjected to a rigorously peer-reviewed process.
To acknowledge the large number of GET and FET educators, the Editorial Board has further decided to also include a small percentage of praxis articles in the journal, demonstrating not only an acceptable backing of knowledge but also based on ample teaching experience. These articles will be known as "Hands-on" articles. It is hoped that these articles, as well as those based on substantial research, will each in its own right equip and provide history educators with subject/discipline knowledge, the "know-how" and current research that will increase their levels of competence. Such as the efforts of the pioneers and founders of the Yesterday&Today journal, (from 1981 known as "Gister en Vandag/Yesterday and Today" and preceded by "Historia Junior" up to 1980) the 2011 Editorial Board would like to see its efforts as a team effort. Indeed a team effort to support creative and scientific research and activities pertaining to the teaching of History.
In the October 2010 edition we are including a variety of research and theoretical reflection on heritage and its practical application inside and outside the formal history teaching environment. With the new FET history textbooks in the process of being developed after the release of a Draft Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) document in September 2010, it is more than appropriate to learn from the research findings of international colleagues (supported by their students in the research) how the development of textbooks are reviewed and assessed globally.
Although officially only five years old in its current format, the Editorial Board of Yesterday&Today hope to annually improve the quality and input of the journal as well as its own efforts to ensure that the teaching voice of history at all levels of education are coordinated and supported. Other major aims are among others to further expand the journal's continuity and quality (by applying for journal accreditation) as well as its availability (by expanding Yesterday&Today's current website and hard copy access to open access through the SCIELLO platform).
(The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) under the auspices of the School of Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University, 2010)
Finkelstein, N.G. 2003. The holocaust industry: reflections on the exploitation of jewish suffering. [Book review] (The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) under the auspices of the School of Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University, 2010)
Trans-European convergences in national textbooks for history education? An approach to the comparison of image sources in schoolbooks. (The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) under the auspices of the School of Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University, 2010)According to findings of textbook analyses since 2004 all across Europe, students encounter a group of about 15 historical paintings and historical photographs in their history textbooks which are shown more often than ...
'The power of power': Power stations as industrial heritage and their place in history and heritage education. This article focuses on the Electrical Precinct in Newtown as an example of industrial heritage in the centre of Johannesburg. The author makes the case that industrial heritage has been neglected in terms of what is deemed ...
The creation of a school museum offers an opportunity for a school and its broader community to celebrate the institution’s no doubt unique history and heritage, and to offer an “open book to the world” of its history, ...
The value of open distance learning (ODL) in assisting History teachers with heritage investigation. This article highlights some of the challenges facing history teachers in designing and assessing heritage investigation projects in the Further Education and Training (FET) band and the need for teachers to be proactive ...
Exploring local histories in the use and appreciation of heritage and history in history curricula. With the Internet so easily available nowadays, I decided (just for the fun of it but also out of curiosity) to do a Google search to see how many entries I could find for "heritage and history". In a split second no fewer ...
The school as a microcosm of communities and their heritage and the need to encapsulate this in the writing of school histories. The writing of school histories is a neglected sub-discipline in the study of heritage. It is, however, imperative that this aspect of the broad tapestry of our local and national heritage is analysed and preserved. As a ...
On the 31st of May 2010, South Africa, as a geopolitical creation, had been in existence for a century; a momentous occasion for the country. However, the day passed with little acknowledgement of this event. The question ...
This article focuses on the utilisation of the learner portfolio in the learning area Social Sciences as an alternative, authentic assessment tool to demonstrate the performance, progress and growth of learners in relation ...
The value and role of cemeteries : designing a possible methodology for teaching heritage to history learners. Teaching heritage to History learners is imperative as an aid to help them discover their uniqueness but also their commonalities. A sense of heritage does not only contribute to a feeling of belonging and identity, but ...