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Disagreement Through Multiperspectivity in Practice
November 20, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm€15
History without disagreement would be boring, wouldn’t it? Educators are challenged to teach students how to disagree in a respectful way while staying open-minded to new ideas and perspectives. In this workshop Anna Huijgen (DENISE Amsterdam) and Maayke de Vries (International School Almere) will use three approaches or “layers” to teaching disagreements (Wansink et al. 2018): multiperspectivity in the past; multiperspectivity between past and present and multiperspectivity in the present.
The first layer consists of the perspective of individuals, people or groups who have been living in a particular moment in the past. For this, primary sources can be used to represent a multitude of views in that event.
The second layer is about historiographical approaches and interpretations to the past , developed by historians (but also politicians and journalists) who mostly did not live in the same time period as the events they write about.
The third layer is the approach of history from a contemporary position. The goal for students is to realise that perspectives are personal, that teachers and students are consumers of history and that we make our own constructions of the past.
In this workshop we will put into practice one activity for each layer so educators can experience each approach and how disagreement can be conducted within the classroom. The aim is to provide educators with practical examples, which are easily translatable to their own context, so teachers get hands-on guidelines on how to address controversial topics. The workshop also aims to have a dialogue between educators to exchange their best-practices in teaching multiperspectivity regarding debated and controversial topics.
About the Workshop Hosts
Anna Huijgen is a History (IB-DP) and Social Studies (IMYC) teacher at De Nieuwe Internationale School Esprit (DENISE) in Amsterdam, as well as the Extended Essay and IB-DP Coordinator. Anna intertwines historiography into her History lessons, making students aware that history is not set in stone, but written by humans who, in every era, have their preferences, dislikes and blind spots. Through activating class activities, which often link to the present, students are made aware of others’ biases, as well as their own, and learn how to perceive other perspectives without prejudice.
Maayke de Vries
Maayke de Vries teaches history and social studies at the International School Almere, while pursuing a PhD at University College London in Critical Global Citizenship Education. In her lessons, Maayke applies a social justice lens and uses an anti-bias framework to make history relevant for all her students, hereby fostering citizens who aim to make the world a better place. Maayke writes for EuroClio from time to time and was also co-host of the EuroClio podcast, you can find more of her work here: www.Mizsdafreeze.com or by following her on Twitter @mizsdafreeze
27th Annual Conference
This workshop is part of the 27th EuroClio Annual Conference on Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom. You can find more information on the Annual Conference, including the full programme, on the Annual Conference main page.
You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.
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