Reading biographical texts: a gateway to historical disciplinary reading

Michal Honig, Dan Porat*

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We examined the response of high school students in Israel to biographical texts. Students were exposed to three sub-genres of biographical texts (a literary-biographical text, an autobiographical text and a scientific-biographical text). These texts all differ from the conceptual schema of ordinary school texts. The data were collected from 64 participants from three classes in two different public schools in Israel. The ability of students to apply historical disciplinary reading skills was evaluated for each text, with an emphasis on ‘sourcing’ and ‘corroboration’. The basic premise was that the texts the students are exposed to influence not only their level of knowledge but also their disciplinary concepts and skills. We contend that it might be that biographical texts, and especially autobiographical and literary-biographical texts, evoked historical reading in students, and strengthened their disciplinary reading abilities.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)619-642
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Curriculum Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2019

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  • biographical texts
  • disciplinary reading
  • History learning
  • history teaching


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