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Teachers on Teaching

This research was made as part of the project ‘ePact: Education Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation’ which aim is to contribute to sustaining the democratization process and enhancing conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans through reforms and implementation of changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education. The project strives to achieve that education authorities and civil society jointly reform education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship. These two competencies are key drivers of all forms of development, but particularly of the development of a vibrant civil society that is ready to protect and defend democratic values, gender mainstreaming, environmental protection and a culture of non-violent conflict resolution.

To translate this general idea into more concrete aims, this research wanted to find out
 Reforming and implementing changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education
 Reforming education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship
To contribute on the macro level to sustaining the democratization process
To enhance conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans

The regional Needs Assessment study were conducted by researchers Dea Marić and Rodoljub Jovanović, focusing on a range of issues including:
• Study programmes for history educators
• Employment and professional development
• Curriculum and textbooks
• Teachers’ roles and skills
• Schools
• Teaching Practice / Everyday teaching
• Dealing with difficult topics

Read the reports here:

 

[PARTNER] ePACT: Education Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to sustaining the democratization process and enhancing conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans through reforms and implementation of changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education. The project strives to achieve that education authorities and civil society jointly reform education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship. These two competencies are key drivers of all forms of development, but particularly of the development of a vibrant civil society that is ready to protect and defend democratic values, gender mainstreaming, environmental protection and a culture of non-violent conflict resolution.

Project Aims

  • Reforming and implementing changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education
  • Reforming education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship
  • To contribute on the macro level to sustaining the democratization process
  • To enhance conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans

Expected Outcomes

New evidence-based curricula transformation strategies
EuroClio is leading this part of the project, which is composed of a Needs Assessment study and national peer-training events organized by the local partners, EuroClio member associations in the region.

A regional Needs Assessment study will be conducted by researchers Dea Marić and Rodoljub Jovanović, focusing on a range of issues including:
• Study programmes for history educators
• Employment and professional development
• Curriculum and textbooks
• Teachers’ roles and skills
• Schools
• Teaching Practice / Everyday teaching
• Dealing with difficult topics

With several rounds of feedback by the Standing Working Group members, participants to the 2016 Regional Summer School in Montenegro and over 300 educators from across the region during 6 national seminars, the survey underwent a thorough review process before it is launched.

By reaching out to history educators across the region to share their perspectives, the survey results will produce an evidence base that will form the basis of new curricula transformation strategies in the region.

For more information on the survey, check back here soon.

Downloads (see below)
– Report Preparatory Meeting National Peer-training Events ePACT
– Report National Peer-training Events ePACT

Increased capacity for training and multiplication
With national training seminars the project aims to train individuals who will be able to act as trainers for peers and who will be able to multiply the competencies for multi-perspective and participative lessons. Eventually this will equip students with the empathy and the skills necessary for turning complex conflicts into constructive solutions. CDRSEE is the lead partner for this part of the project.
Joint advocacy and regional cooperation
Joint advocacy and regional cooperation is crucial to establish and strengthen collaboration amongst civil society, educators and policy makers on the regional level. The main means to foster this cooperation is the Standing Working Group on History Education that is led by EuroClio, and the Standing Working Group on Didactical Reform that is led by CDRSEE. In 2017 a capacity building regional summer school will form another platform for exchange and cooperation, building also on the results of the first outcome, the evidence base.

Download (see below):
– Summary and Update ePACT Project 21062016

National Coordinator

National coordinator
Miloš Vukanović
Donika Xhemajli
Risto Nikoleski
Emina Zivković
Gentian Dedja
Senada Jusić

Project Researchers

Dea Marić holds an MA degree in History and Sociology. She currently works as a project coordinator in a civil society organisation Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past from Zagreb on programs of documenting, public advocacy and education for dealing with the past. She is also a Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb on courses related to History Teaching Practice. Her research interests fall in the fields of history education, educational standards, strategies and practices. She is actively engaged in several national, regional and international initiatives and organizations for promotion of human rights and innovation of history and civic education.

 

Rodoljub Jovanović is currently a tutor at University of Amsterdam's PPLE College
(Bachelor's program in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) where he teaches several
courses (Cultural Psychology, Decision Making, Statistics for Experimental Research). He holds a diploma in Psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and a MA in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) from the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He is currently involved in several educational projects dealing with history teaching and dealing with the past. His research interest is in combining perspectives of social psychology and political science in understanding post conflict societies.

Standing Working Group on History Education

Within this project EuroClio brings together educational experts, representatives from History Teachers Associations and representatives of educational authorities in the Western Balkans within the framework of the Standing Working Group on History Education. The experts enter into a collaborative and engaging reflection on best ways to conduct a wide-ranging needs assessment that will shed light and increase understanding on areas and ways of making history teaching more relevant and constructive, centring on the need to gather a substantial evidence base while serving the needs of policy makers to identify gaps, needs and opportunities. They will discuss the findings of the Needs Assessment and plan future actions and implementation of educational transformation.

Expert Members

Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj – ALBNA (Albania)
Gentian Dedja – ALBNA (Albania)
Iliriana Topulli – Ministry of Education and Sports (Albania)
Aleksandra Janković – OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Bojana Dujković Blagojević – EuroClio HIP BiH (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Mirza Cehajić – Pedagogical Institute Zenica (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Arber Salihu – Ministry of Education (Kosovo)
Donika Xhemalji – SHMHK (Kosovo)
Ferit Idrizi – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Kosovo)
Igor Jurukov – Ministry of Education (Republic of Macedonia)
Mire Mladenovski – ANIM (Republic of Macedonia)
Darko Stojanov – Institute of History (Republic of Macedonia)
Miloš Vukanović – HIPMONT (Montenegro)
Rade Vujović – University of Montenegro (Montenegro)
Radovan Popović – Bureau for Education (Montenegro)
Aleksandar Todosijević- UDI-EUROKLIO (Serbia)
Marko Suica – University of Belgrade (Serbia)
Vesna Dimitrijević – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Serbia)
Biljana Stojanović – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Serbia)

Teachers on Teaching

 

The Project at a Glance

The project will be implemented with the financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation as part of the initiative “NETUCATE – Networked education creating a skills web for participation and sensitivity.”

The project will be implemented with the financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation as part of the initiative “NETUCATE – Networked education creating a skills web for participation and sensitivity.”

Coordinating Partner

CDRSEE

Project Managers

Jonathan Even-Zohar
Director, EuroClio - Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators
Judith Geerling
Senior Project Manager, EuroClio - Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators
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How can Europe Help the Balkans “Consume” its History?

EuroClio Uncategorized ,

On 18 December, EuroClio headed to Brussels along with partners at Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and the International Students of History Association (ISHA) to discuss the difficult and proven at times controversial question of ‘How can Europe Help the Balkans “Consume” its History?’ This event was hosted at the House …

Building up Transnational Bridges between Educators in the Western Balkans: “Teachers on Teaching” Published in 7 Languages

Catalina Gaete Project Updates

The race starts with the morning dawn, rushing to get to school before everyone else. A quick review to the syllabus while putting all the papers in order will make some time until the students arrive, freshly prepared for a new day of learning. Using (and abusing) of the strength of their throat, lectures will be delivered along the whole day, answering questions to solve the curiosity of their students, while grading assignments that will be discussed the day after.

Although this could be the summarized description of the typical day in the life of a teacher elsewhere in the world, history teachers in the Western Balkans have a different story to tell. Within the overall context of transitional justice, overcoming the legacies of troubling pasts, teachers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia are facing a rather challenging scenario, where peacebuilding and reconciliation are the goals at stake. How much do we know about the struggles these teachers are facing in classrooms on a daily basis? Particularly in the Western Balkans, little is known about teacher’s relations and reactions to the curricula dictated by state bodies, or about how they use the material prescribed by educational authorities. Also unknown are their strategies to deal with difficult topics in the classroom; those topics that might cause social or political controversy, but that are crucial for developing mutual understanding and conflict prevention for the future.

Acknowledging this gap of information, EuroClio, , together with national member organizations in the Western Balkans, worked on the ePACT project, which aimed at contributing to the democratization of educational reforms in the Western Balkans. This project, implemented with the financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation, based its goals in the promotion of multiperspectivity and critical thinking, being aware of the fact that history teachers prepare young people for wrestling with several political, cultural, ethnic and ideological dilemmas. In pursuit of this conviction, two leading researchers -Rodoljub Jovanović and Dea Marić- conducted a large-scale mixed-methods study, looking into the needs and perceptions of the Western Balkans’ history educators. In a joined effort with experts and civil society organizations from the six countries aforementioned, this study was published in 2017, and now it is fully available in 7 languages of the region.  

Rodoljub Jovanović, PhD candidate at the Center for Applied Ethics of DEUSTO University in Spain, and one of the leading researchers of this project, explained that the availability of the study in multiple languages will not only enable the inclusion of the teachers’ perspective in future educational reforms, serving as an input for policy-makers but also will empower educators to promote changes within their own contexts. “The report is going to be presented to decision-makers thus opening up the possibility for them to gain insight in the current problems and needs of teachers. We hope this would enable them to incorporate teacher’s perspective in future reforms. On the other hand, history educators are able to read the report in their own language and hopefully recognize the needs they have in their classroom. With this, we hope they would be empowered to speak up about the problems they encounter more often and even introduce some changes to their everyday work”.

Building up transnational bridges

Rodoljub Jovanović worked as a co-author with Dea Marić, who is a lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. Together, these two scholars conducted a study that aimed at gathering scientific evidence of the teachers’ needs, starting from the acknowledgment that history education in the Western Balkans is “a very dynamic field”, as many educational reforms have been introduced over the past 20 years. “This did not leave enough space for the evaluation of the changing needs in history education”, Mr. Jovanović said, while explaining the need of “providing a well-structured and scientifically grounded outlet to present history teachers needs and problems to the wider audience (including decision makers as well as other interested stakeholders)”.

In this regard, the publication of the study in 7 languages, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Serbian, and English, “brings it closer to a wider audience of educators in each of the countries and creates a bridge between educators from different countries”. “They are not alone when it comes to many of the needs they have”, Mr. Jovanović concludes.

Check the reports here:

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – ALBANIAN

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – BOSNIAN

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – CROATIAN

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – ENGLISH

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – MACEDONIAN

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – MONTENEGRIN

Teachers On Teaching ePACT Report – SERBIAN

How can Europe Help the Balkans “Consume” its History?

EuroClio Uncategorized ,

On 18 December, EuroClio headed to Brussels along with partners at Centre for Democracy and
Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and the International Students of History Association
(ISHA) to discuss the difficult and proven at times controversial question of ‘How can Europe Help the
Balkans “Consume” its History?’ This event was hosted at the House of European History and during the
full day event a range of questions were explored regarding the issues facing Southeast Europe today:
What is the European Union’s role in healing the wounds of the 1990s wars in ex-Yugoslavia? How can
History teachers in the region teach about the wars when it still such a controversial subject matter?
How does a nation or region actually “consume” it’s history?

The day started off with a panel with delegations from the European Union including Davide Berton,
Diego Marani, Pavel Tychtl and Walter Zampieri who discussed the EU’s relationship with culture and
history in the Western Balkans, a speech by Costa Carras from CDRSEE, and preliminary research results
presented by Lucija Balikic from ISHA. Throughout the day two separate study results were released;
EuroClio’s Dea Maric and Rodoljub Jovanović presented the report from our ePact project: Education
Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation.

Researchers Anja Gvozdanović and Vanja Kukrika from the project “Divided Past, Joint Future”
presented their results from a qualitative study on the Process of Reconciliation in the Western Balkans
and Turkey.”

The day was characterized by lively debate and interesting discussion by international participants on
the role of history in the process of peace and reconciliation in Southeast Europe. If you want to read more about the event in Brussels, click here to read the full report.

[PARTNER] ePACT: Education Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation

About the project

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to sustaining the democratization process and enhancing conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans through reforms and implementation of changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education. The project strives to achieve that education authorities and civil society jointly reform education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship. These two competencies are key drivers of all forms of development, but particularly of the development of a vibrant civil society that is ready to protect and defend democratic values, gender mainstreaming, environmental protection and a culture of non-violent conflict resolution.

Project Aims

  • Reforming and implementing changes in the formal schooling system that will intensify democratic education
  • Reforming education and schools in the region to enhance critical thinking and active citizenship
  • To contribute on the macro level to sustaining the democratization process
  • To enhance conflict sensitivity in the Western Balkans

 

Expected Outcomes

New evidence-based curricula transformation strategies
EuroClio is leading this part of the project, which is composed of a Needs Assessment study and national peer-training events organized by the local partners, EuroClio member associations in the region.

A regional Needs Assessment study will be conducted by researchers Dea Marić and Rodoljub Jovanović, focusing on a range of issues including:
• Study programmes for history educators
• Employment and professional development
• Curriculum and textbooks
• Teachers’ roles and skills
• Schools
• Teaching Practice / Everyday teaching
• Dealing with difficult topics

With several rounds of feedback by the Standing Working Group members, participants to the 2016 Regional Summer School in Montenegro and over 300 educators from across the region during 6 national seminars, the survey underwent a thorough review process before it is launched.

By reaching out to history educators across the region to share their perspectives, the survey results will produce an evidence base that will form the basis of new curricula transformation strategies in the region.

For more information on the survey, check back here soon.

Downloads (see below)
– Report Preparatory Meeting National Peer-training Events ePACT
– Report National Peer-training Events ePACT

Increased capacity for training and multiplication
With national training seminars the project aims to train individuals who will be able to act as trainers for peers and who will be able to multiply the competencies for multi-perspective and participative lessons. Eventually this will equip students with the empathy and the skills necessary for turning complex conflicts into constructive solutions. CDRSEE is the lead partner for this part of the project.
Joint advocacy and regional cooperation
Joint advocacy and regional cooperation is crucial to establish and strengthen collaboration amongst civil society, educators and policy makers on the regional level. The main means to foster this cooperation is the Standing Working Group on History Education that is led by EuroClio, and the Standing Working Group on Didactical Reform that is led by CDRSEE. In 2017 a capacity building regional summer school will form another platform for exchange and cooperation, building also on the results of the first outcome, the evidence base.

Download (see below):
– Summary and Update ePACT Project 21062016

National Coordinators

Miloš Vukanović, History Teachers Association of Montenegro (HIPMONT)
Donika Xhemajli, History Teachers Association of Kosovo (SHMHK)
Risto Nikoleski, History Teachers Association of Macedonia (ANIM)
Emina Zivković, Association for Social History of Serbia (UDI)
Gentian Dedja, Albanian History Teachers Association (ALBNA)
Senada Jusić, History Teachers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (EuroClio HIP BiH)

Project Researchers

Dea Marić holds an MA degree in History and Sociology. She currently works as a project coordinator in a civil society organisation Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past from Zagreb on programs of documenting, public advocacy and education for dealing with the past. She is also a Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb on courses related to History Teaching Practice. Her research interests fall in the fields of history education, educational standards, strategies and practices. She is actively engaged in several national, regional and international initiatives and organizations for promotion of human rights and innovation of history and civic education.

 

Rodoljub Jovanović is currently a tutor at University of Amsterdam's PPLE College (Bachelor's program in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) where he teaches several courses (Cultural Psychology, Decision Making, Statistics for Experimental Research). He holds a diploma in Psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and a MA in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) from the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He is currently involved in several educational projects dealing with history teaching and dealing with the past. His research interest is in combining perspectives of social psychology and political science in understanding post conflict societies.

Standing working group on history education

Within this project EuroClio brings together educational experts, representatives from History Teachers Associations and representatives of educational authorities in the Western Balkans within the framework of the Standing Working Group on History Education. The experts enter into a collaborative and engaging reflection on best ways to conduct a wide-ranging needs assessment that will shed light and increase understanding on areas and ways of making history teaching more relevant and constructive, centring on the need to gather a substantial evidence base while serving the needs of policy makers to identify gaps, needs and opportunities. They will discuss the findings of the Needs Assessment and plan future actions and implementation of educational transformation.

Expert members

Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj – ALBNA (Albania)
Gentian Dedja – ALBNA (Albania)
Iliriana Topulli – Ministry of Education and Sports (Albania)
Aleksandra Janković – OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Bojana Dujković Blagojević – EuroClio HIP BiH (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Mirza Cehajić – Pedagogical Institute Zenica (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Arber Salihu – Ministry of Education (Kosovo)
Donika Xhemalji – SHMHK (Kosovo)
Ferit Idrizi – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Kosovo)
Igor Jurukov – Ministry of Education (Republic of Macedonia)
Mire Mladenovski – ANIM (Republic of Macedonia)
Darko Stojanov – Institute of History (Republic of Macedonia)
Miloš Vukanović – HIPMONT (Montenegro)
Rade Vujović – University of Montenegro (Montenegro)
Radovan Popović – Bureau for Education (Montenegro)
Aleksandar Todosijević- UDI-EUROKLIO (Serbia)
Marko Suica – University of Belgrade (Serbia)
Vesna Dimitrijević – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Serbia)
Biljana Stojanović – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Serbia)

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