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10th Michael A Sant Memorial Lecture October 11, 2011

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Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Michael A. Sant Memorial Lecture


The History Teachers Association in collaboration with the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta will this year be commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Michael A. Sant Memorial Lecture. This annual event was launched in 2002 in memory of Michael A. Sant (1934-1999), pioneer of modern history teaching in Malta. Along these ten years various history pedagogy experts have been invited to Malta to present the latest findings and research on the subject. This year Comm. Dr George Cassar, President, and Prof. Yosanne Vella, Vice-President of the History Teachers Association and academic members of the University of Malta will be giving a joint paper entitled ‘A hundred years of history teaching and learning in Malta’. During the evening a ‘History Option promotion clip’ will also be projected and introduced by Adrian Zahra, PRO and Webmaster of the HTA.

As was done in the fifth year of the Lectures, the HTA in collaboration with the Faculty of Education will this year launch another book with lectures 6 to 10. This publication entitled History teaching & learning: bridging the theory / practice divide (vol. 2), will be available during the event for those who wish to purchase a copy.

The event will take place on 19 October 2011 at the National Curriculum Centre, Farsons Street, Hamrun, and those attending are asked to be seated by 5.45 p.m.

For further information one may contact Dr Cassar on george.cassar@um.edu.mt or Prof. Vella on yosanne.vella@um.edu.mt


HTA newsletter – 2nd Issue July 13, 2011

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The HTA has published its second newsletter. In this issue the editor comments on the number of history lessons in the Maltese schools.  The issue also contains information about initiatives taken lately by the HTA and the latest two publications of the HTA.

You can download the newsletter from the link below:

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HTA committee reconfirmed July 13, 2011

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The HTA General Assembly held on the 20th of June 2011 reconfirmed the HTA committee.

Dr George Cassar – President

Prof. Yosanne Vella – Vice President

Ms Pauline Borg – Secretary

Mr Alex Cutajar – Treasurer

Mr Adrian Zahra – PR and Media Officer

The HTA would like to thank Ms Samantha Abela who served as the University student representative during the last academic year.

Annual General Meeting 2011 June 13, 2011

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On Monday 20th June, the History Teacher’s Association will be organising its Annual General Meeting for its members. The meeting will be held at 13.00 at the Faculty of Education board room, Room 326, Old Humanities Building, University of Malta.

Those members who would like to contest the election for the committee should fill in the form and send it by Saturday 18th June. Contacts are found in the form.

Anyone who would like to attend and is not a member can fill in the membership form and bring it on the day together with € 5.

HTA (Malta) on Facebook June 5, 2011

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HTA (Malta) has joined the Facebook community. The aim of the page is to share resources with other teachers and ask questions to the history teachers community.  Like the page by visiting this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/History-Teachers-Association-Malta/215713181797002

History Option Promotion Clip February 27, 2011

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Adrian Zahra (PRO HTA) together with the HTA has released a promotion clip to be shown to Form 2 students who are at the stage of deciding which subjects to take at Form 3. The clip is divided into three sections. In the first part students are shown that studying History does not entail studying of names and dates by heart, as many students believe, but it is the study of a living subject. In the second part the clip highlights parts of the syllabus of the History SEC and the resources used to study history at SEC level. The third part defies the mentality that taking history as an option does not present career opportunities in the future, by offering a vast list of job opportunities that are made possible by studying history.

It is recommended that this promotion clip is not shown to students only, but also to the students’ parents. This is because it is often the parents who are hesitant from allowing their children to choose History as an option.

The promotion clip can be downloaded from:


First issue of HTA newsletter February 16, 2011

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The HTA is starting to issue a newsletter every scholastic term informing History teachers what is happening in the area of History teaching both locally and internationally.

Find below the link for the first issue.

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New HTA publication October 13, 2010

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The HTA is proud to announce another publication. This time it is a resource pack for secondary school teachers to teach change and continuity in History. For more information visit the Publications section.

Front cover for the Teaching Change and Continuity in History pack for secondary school teachers

9th memorial MA Sant lecture October 13, 2010

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Developing Historical Understanding: interpretation and multiperspectivity revisited

On the 6th of October 2010 the History Teachers’ Association, together with the Faculty of Education within the University of Malta, organised the ninth consecutive M.A. Sant Memorial Lecture. This year the British academic           Dr Robert Stradling examined the importance of providing different historical perspectives in the classroom. He emphasised the point that in understanding multiple perspectives it is critically important that students can access contextual information. We cannot understand why different historians writing at different times might interpret the same events differently unless we understand the contextual factors that may have influenced their interpretations.

Analysing multiple perspectives later becomes helpful to students in their everyday life. In an era where children are bombarded with different opinions and news, especially in our islands where the main political parties present diverging opinions through their various media, it is important for students to develop the skill of analysis and understanding of multiple perspectives.

Dr Robert Stradling is a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership. Stradling has lectured and carried out research in various universities around the UK such as at the University of London and the University of Edinburgh. In his career he has worked for the English and Scottish governments in evaluating various areas in the curriculum. During these last years he has published different works for the Council of Europe about the pedagogy of history.

M.A. Sant Memorial Lecture 2009 October 19, 2009

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Diversity in History Teaching: putting people back in the frame

MA Sant Memorial Lecture 2009

On the 28th of October, the History Teachers’ Association together with Faculty of Education within the University of Malta will be organising the eight edition of the Michael A. Sant Memorial Lecture. The lecturer this year will be given by Ian Philips who will be discussing diversity in history teaching.

Philips is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University on the outskirts of Liverpool where he is course leader for the History Post Graduate Education programme. His research focuses on the effective use of Information Technologies in the history classroom and the role of diversity and empathy in history teaching

During the lecture, Ian Phillips will look at humanity and will examine how this looks back at itself. Teachers need to help their students focus on the realities of the past, but at the same time they need to remember that the story of each and every individual is different. It is based on particular circumstances, historical eras, and perceptions. Phillips will consider various aspects of humanity and how these have affected the realities of people. Thus he will focus on diversity, war, religion, ethnicity and multiculturalism. The lecture should appeal to teachers and students of the social sciences, researchers in pedagogy and methodology of teaching and learning, historians and other social scientists, but also to those among the general public who are interested in finding out about who we are and from where we have come – from a historical point of view.

The lecture will be held at the National Curriculum Centre, Ħamrun at 5.45pm. Teachers and the general public are cordially invited. Those attending the lecture will be given a copy of the paper by Ian Philips. For more information please contact the President of the HTA (Malta) Dr. George Cassar on the e-mail address george.cassar@um.edu.mt.