Dr Robert Thorp

Dr Robert Thorp

Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Ph.D. in history didactics, Umeå University

Robert Thorp, senior lecturer in education, obtained his doctoral degree from Umeå University and is an internationally active researcher. His research specialises in the relationship between the individual, society and history with an emphasis on how history shapes our contemporary perceptions, but also how these perceptions affect our relationship to the past. A special interest has been devoted to how historical consciousness can be understood as a descriptive, analytical and normative concept. His other research interests are educational media, class room studies and teachers' relationship to history, with a special focus on Cold War history.

Robert Thorp's latest book is Uses of history in history education (Umeå, 2016). He has also published Historical consciousness, historical media, and history education (Umeå, 2014) and a number of articles and chapters in scientific publications. 

Thorp has been a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany. He is currently a lecturer at The School of Education at The University of Newcastle and a member of the HERMES research network.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Umea University - Kiruna Sweden

Keywords

  • Critical Theory
  • Curriculum Studies
  • History Education
  • Textbook Research

Languages

  • Swedish (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • French (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220202 History and Philosophy of Education 50
130106 Secondary Education 25
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2017 - 1/03/2019 Senior Lecturer

Stockholm University
Department of Education
Sweden

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2016 - 1/09/2018 Lecturer Dalarna University
Sweden
1/07/2013 - 31/07/2016 Research Fellow Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research | Germany
Textbook as Medium
Germany
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Christophe B, Gautschi P, Thorp R, The Cold War in the Classroom International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices, Palgrave Macmillan, 427 (2019)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2016 Thorp R, Uses of history in history education, Umeå University, Umeå (2016)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2014 Thorp R, Historical Consciousness, Historical Media, and History Education, Umeå University, Umeå (2014)
Co-authors Robert Thorp

Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Thorp R, 'Pedagogical entanglements and the Cold War: A comparative study of the opening lessons on the Cold War in Sweden and Switzerland', The Cold War in the Classroom International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices, Palgrave Macmillan, London (2019)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Nygren T, Vinterek M, Thorp R, Taylor M, 'Promoting a historiographic gaze through multiperspectivity in history teaching', International Perspectives on Teaching Rival Histories: Pedagogical Responses to Contested Narratives and the History Wars 207-228 (2017)
DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-55432-1_10
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2016 Thorp B, 'Historiemedvetande, historiska medier och historieundervisning', Medier i historiundervisningen: Historiedidaktisk forskning i praktiken, Umeå University, Umeå 214-241 (2016)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2014 Thorp B, 'Contextualising and Representing School: To Contextualise a Contextualisation, or the Importance of the Historiographic Gaze', Engaging with Educational Space: Visualizing Spaces of Teaching and Learning, Umeå University, Umeå 78-87 (2014)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2013 Thorp B, 'The Concept of Historical Consciousness in Swedish History Didactical Research', Cultural and Religious Diversity and Its Implications for History Education, Wochenschau Verlag, Schwalbach 207-224 (2013)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
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Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Thorp B, 'Perspektiv på historiebruk - undervisa om hur historia används', SO-Didaktik, 56-60 (2018)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Thorp B, Donnelly D, Vinterek M, 'Tell us about your nation¿s past: Swedish and Australian preservice history teachers¿ conceptualisation of their national history', International Journal of Research on History Didactics, History Education, and History Culture, 2017 51-72 (2017)
Co-authors Robert Thorp, Debra Donnelly
2017 Törnquist E, Thorp B, 'Young children's historical consciousness: A Swedish case study', International Journal of Research on History Didactics, History Education, and History Culture, 2017 215-234 (2017)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Thorp R, 'Representation and interpretation: Textbooks, teachers, and historical culture', IARTEM e-journal, 7 73-99 (2017)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Thorp B, Persson A, 'Historieundervisningens existentialiserande potential', Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, 2017 59-74 (2017)
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Thorp R, 'Experiencing, using, and teaching history: Two history teachers¿ relations to history and educational media', Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society, 9 129-146 (2017)

© 2017, Berghahn Journals, Ltd. All rights reserved. How do two Swedish secondary school teachers relate to and make sense of history via their experiences and educational media? ... [more]

© 2017, Berghahn Journals, Ltd. All rights reserved. How do two Swedish secondary school teachers relate to and make sense of history via their experiences and educational media? This article seeks to gain knowledge about history education by analyzing two teachers¿ narratives of their personal experiences of the Cold War and classroom observations of the teachers in practice. The article finds that the teachers¿ narrations of personal experiences and observed teaching resemble the dominant historical culture of the Cold War in Swedish education. On this basis, the author discusses the importance of the critical awareness of historical culture in order to further a complex understanding of history.

DOI 10.3167/jemms.2017.090207
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2017 Thorp R, 'Deconstructing Karlsson, Part 1: Historical consciousness', Historical Encounters, 4 1-10 (2017)

This paper presents an analysis of how leading Swedish historian and history didactical researcher Klas-Göran Karlsson presents the concept of historical consciousness in some of ... [more]

This paper presents an analysis of how leading Swedish historian and history didactical researcher Klas-Göran Karlsson presents the concept of historical consciousness in some of his most recent publications and seeks to analytically deconstruct his view of the concept. The study finds that Karlsson presents definitions of the concept that may not be compatible to each other. Using this result, the paper then tries to present and argue a view of the concept that harmonises with the one presented by Karlsson.

Co-authors Robert Thorp
2015 Thorp R, 'Popular history magazines and history education', Historical Encounters, 2 102-112 (2015)

This paper argues that popular history magazines may be a welcome complement to other forms of historical media in history teaching. By outlining a theoretical framework that capt... [more]

This paper argues that popular history magazines may be a welcome complement to other forms of historical media in history teaching. By outlining a theoretical framework that captures uses of history, the paper analyses popular history magazine articles from five European countries all dealing with the outbreak of World War I. The study finds that while the studied articles provide a rather heterogeneous view of the causes of the Great War, they can be used to discuss and analyse the importance of perspective in history, thus offering an opportunity to further a more disciplinary historical understanding.

Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2014 Thorp R, 'Historical Consciousness and Historical Media - A History Didactical Approach to Educational Media', Education Inquiry, 5 (2014)

© 2014, © 2014 Robert Thorp. This paper presents a theoretical approach to analysing educational media using the concept of historical consciousness. The concept of historical con... [more]

© 2014, © 2014 Robert Thorp. This paper presents a theoretical approach to analysing educational media using the concept of historical consciousness. The concept of historical consciousness is defined and operationalised and its relevance for analysis of historical media is discussed. One aspect of the theoretical framework proposed is then applied in an analysis of a history textbook account. The analysis finds that while the framework may be applied in analysis of textbooks, its results regarding historical consciousness are tentative and in need of further investigation from the perspective of how its users perceive and appropriate the textbook account. Still, it is argued that the framework proposed may be useful since it specifies how a historical consciousness may be manifested and what methodological approaches that can be used when analysing it.

DOI 10.3402/edui.v5.24282
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2014 Thorp R, 'Towards an epistemological theory of historical consciousness', Historical Encounters, 1 20-31 (2014)

This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the concept of historical consciousness. It argues that a focus on the epistemological problems concerning historical consciousness c... [more]

This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the concept of historical consciousness. It argues that a focus on the epistemological problems concerning historical consciousness can be a way of constructing a theory of the concept that both incorporates the diverse perspectives that exist in research about the concept and specifies how a historical consciousness can be developed in an individual.

Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Robert Thorp
2013 Thorp B, 'Vad är ett historiemedvetande egentligen och varför är det viktigt?', Kritiska perspektiv på historiedidaktiken, 2013 97-119 (2013)
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Dr Robert Thorp

Position

Lecturer
HERMES
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email berndt.thorp@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7763

Office

Room HA63
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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