Living with ‘wicked’ problems: How should history education respond?

Kate Hawkey

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


History, ‘the unending dialogue between past and present’ (Carr), necessitates continual review of what to teach. The rise of recent national populism notwithstanding, the contemporary world is characterised by increasing connectedness along with apparent impending global crises that are affecting the state of the planet (Stromquist). The (contested) Anthropocene means living with ‘wicked’ problems (Rittel & Webber) while the uncertain future calls for innovation to create solutions to problems that have either not been seen before or not on this scale (Finley). The Anthropocene challenges traditional subject boundaries and for history gives rise to the need for more porous boundaries between natural and human factors in understanding cause and effect. Furthermore, history, if conceived as a continuum between past, present and future (Shemilt) has much to contribute to a proposed futures facing curriculum. The chapter will report a number of initiatives carried out with PGCE students at the University of Bristol.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory Education & Historical Enquiry, Volume 9 of International Review of History Education
EditorsArthur Chapman, Alison Kitson
Place of PublicationCharlotte, NC
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018

Bibliographical note

My abstract has been accepted for this international edited book. The chapter is currently being reviewed and this process will be completed by June 2018. The book is due to be published Nov 2018.

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum


  • History education


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