On 23 June Hanneke Tuithof (Cultural History) will defend her PhD thesis on pedagogical content knowledge of Dutch history teachers in the context of a curriculum innovation. Her research showed that the curriculum innovation has led to added stress instead of knowledge development for many teachers.
Since 2007 Dutch history teachers are working with a new examination programme in secondary education. Previously teachers were working with well-defined themes, while the new programme is described globally with a reference framework of ten periods that encompasses the entire history. Teachers now have to fill in the characteristic aspects of these periods by choosing historical events, persons and developments themselves. Evaluations showed that this is difficult for the history teachers. Dutch history teachers had to adapt their didactical knowledge to teach this new programme to their students.