There is debate in curriculum circles about the best way to teach citizenship with History being touted as the key vehicle for citizenship education and understanding. However simply teaching history without stories and without the engagement with the student's real life experiences cannot achieve much. History can teach citizenship but not necessarily without providing some indication of the significance of this learning. Good historic fiction can do both - it can provide good historic understanding and it can relate this understanding to readers' real life experiences. It can also fuel students desire to learn more and to become self directed learners of their hitsory and their citizenship and heritage. Examples from selected historical fiction are used to illustrate these points.
Hawaii International Conference on Education. 2007 HICE proceedings (Honolulu, Hawaii 6-9 January 2007) p. 4665-4670