Retour sur la conférence «‘The English have tried to assimilate us but it has not worked very well’: Québec Students and their Historical Consciousness of the Nation»

Jocelyn Létourneau et Raphaël Gani ont participé le 26 octobre à Québec au Colloque international des didactiques de l’histoire, de la géographie et de l’éducation à la citoyenneté. En collaboration avec Stéphane Lévesque, ils ont présenté une conférence faisant état de l’analyse de récits d’histoire du Québec écris par de jeunes Québécois francophones et collectés par Jocelyn Létourneau. Voici un résumé de leur conférence, issu de la page web du réseau THEN/HiER, qui était un des commanditaires du Colloque.

Jocelyn Letourneau spoke about what may possibly be the largest data pool of narratives provided by school students in the country (over 4,000). He remarked that students come to the classroom filled with prior historical knowledge: Letourneau asked students to tell him the history of Quebec as they knew it to try and get a sense of how these students understood their pasts.  He found that students’ narratives were structured around French/Anglo dualities. Stephane Levesque and Raphael Gani spoke in particular about a smaller sample of narratives and using social identity theory, looked at 142 stories from Grade 11 students who were born in Quebec, were French speakers and were mostly boys. They found that the narratives  could be grouped in five categories: those that were descriptive in nature, those that focused on adversity, the « just cause », and the « victimhood » story.