People on the Move – Why Do People Disagree About Migration?

Workshop by Benny Christensen, Learning to Disagree Team

This workshop is the product of the Learning to Disagree project. This project was initiated in response to the needs of educators who experience difficulties in addressing sensitive and controversial issues in their classrooms. The project, now in its final stages, offers trainings and support materials to teachers to face these topics head-on with their students. These materials aim at teaching students vital skills such as the ability to listen, to consider alternative interpretations, and the ability of interacting with people that they disagree with in a constructive manner.

Benny is one of the core members of the Learning to Disagree team. His workshop will focus on developing lesson plans on the topic of migration to Europe, so you can apply these lesson plans directly to your classroom. Migration is not a new phenomenon, yet it remains the cause of many heated debates, not least in classrooms. Therefore, Benny designed this learning activity around the topic. Via group work and general discussions, you will engage in a variety of strategies that focus on dialogue, debate and discussion. Which outcomes and activities are best suited for class work on this sensitive topic?  And how can you use assessment to design such a learning activity? Share your experiences and ideas with European colleagues!

Benny Christensen is an independent consultant on history education. He served as board member of the Danish History Teachers’ Association from 1997 to 2003 and was Project Manager and Expert in the project: ‘Towards a New History’ (Serbia and Montenegro) 2001-2003, funded by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Benny Christensen has acted as EuroClio expert on many occasions, e.g. the EuroClio project ‘History in Action-Planning for the Future. Regional Approaches for the Learning and Teaching of History in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia’. (2005-2008). He is currently engaged in the projects ‘Learning to Disagree’ and ‘Football Makes History’.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Learning to Disagree

This and many other workshops are based on the Learning Activities and Variety of Viewpoints developed for the Learning to Disagree Project. You can find the Lesson Plan on “People on the Move: Why do People Disagree About Migration” on Historiana.

 

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Adopt a Monument

Workshop by Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, Adopt a Monument Project

The Adopt a Monument project is designed to bring local war history and remembrance to life.

In this workshop, led by Marjan, you will explore the teaching materials of Adopt a Monument, whilst also discussing philosophical questions to stimulate dialogue on commemoration and teaching.

By adopting a monument or war grave and organizing a commemoration thousands of children in the Netherlands are annually involved in the (local / regional) history of the Second World War, the tradition of commemoration and associated rituals. With the teaching materials of ‘Adopt a monument’ they explore the story of the monument, they reflect upon the importance of commemorating and celebrating and they design their own commemoration.

This monument or grave that the children adopt is located in their own neighbourhood, thus they really are discovering their own local history. They learn what commemoration is and why it is important to pass on the stories from the war.

The workshop starts with a short presentation of a research project (conducted by Marjan together with Arie Wilschut) on the effects of ‘Adopt a monument’ on grade 7 pupils’ knowledge and attitudes regarding war commemoration (rituals, values, meanings) in relation to the (local) occupation history of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

The workshop focuses on primary schools, however the materials can also be used in lower secondary schools.

About the Workshop Host

Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp is a lecturer of history education and didactics at Fontys University for Applied Sciences, School for Child studies and Education in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands. She teaches history and didactics and she supervises graduate and master research, next to students’ internships in primary schools.

Until 2016 Marjan has been Treasurer and President of EUROCLIO.

In 2017 she finished her Ph.D. on the Improvement of the understanding of historical time for pupils aged 6 -12, on which she published several articles in scientific journals and journals for teachers.

Furthermore she is co-author of a textbook on teaching history in primary education that is widely used in Dutch colleges and universities.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Moving Beyond Perceived Borders: Dealing with Disagreement in Contested Borders

Workshop by Amaia Lamikiz and Angela Bermudez, Learning to Disagree Team

Borders divide land into countries, sometimes creating new divisions within communities, or even between them. Where a border is placed is a highly contested issue and to this day many borders cause serious conflict.

This workshop is the product of the Learning to Disagree project. This project was initiated in response to the needs of educators who experience difficulties in addressing sensitive and controversial issues in their classrooms. The project, now in its final stages, offers training and support materials for teachers to face these topics head-on with their students. These materials aim to teach students vital skills such as the ability to listen, to consider alternative interpretations, as well as the ability of interacting in a constructive manner with people they disagree with.

Amaia and Angela are core members of the Learning to Disagree project.  In this workshop they will aim to present the work they have developed. Starting with a general introduction on how the multiperspectivity approach can help us to work on contested issues in the classroom, they will then present the materials we have created to help our students reflect and debate on the topic of borders. We will present the sources we have gathered from different European contexts  as examples of a variety of perspectives about contested borders and we will suggest some possible activities and strategies to work with students in order to make them aware of how communities draw their borders, and how we can deal with disagreement in cases of controversy.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Learning to Disagree

This and many other workshops are based on the Learning Activities and Variety of Viewpoints developed for the Learning to Disagree Project. You can find the Lesson Plan on “Attempting secession: the case of the Catalan referendum of 2017″ on Historiana.

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Postwar Dilemmas

Workshop by Jakub Mańczak, Pilecki Institute

This workshop will introduce you to a game which you can play with your students. The game is engaging and fun, as students are divided into groups and are assigned a post-war hero. Then each group receives cards on which the life history of the post-war hero is documented. However, this is not a reading exercise. As the students read through the life histories, they will have to confront dilemmas these post-war heroes faced and choose between one of the two options presented to them in these dilemmas. They will have to debate amongst themselves which option they will choose as a group. Every time students make a decision the story of the hero will change. There are 16 different outcomes for each life history.

This game does not only teach the players about post Second World War Poland, it also teaches them vital skills such as debating, formulating arguments, listening, and how to reach a consensus. It also teaches them how to substantiate the choices and decisions they make.

Jakub, who developed the game, will talk about rationale behind the development of this game, you will play this game with fellow colleagues from all over Europe, and after you will be able to discuss the games’ content and give feedback.

The game has significant historical value, as it shows how radically borders of post-war Poland were changed and how it affected polish citizens. It shows how many polish citizens were expelled out of their homes during the war and met the end of the war on exile (and the reasons they stayed abroad or got back). Finally, it shows how personal fates were shaped by extremely complex political situation – two governments claiming their right to legal representation of the nation, Red Army occupation of polish territories, falsifying elections by communist and persecution of agrarian movement and all opposition. All those complex matters raise disagreement in classroom. This learning activity tries to “defuse” the controversial topic by placing participants in shoes of different historical characters to show their motivations and situation.

 

About the Workshop Host..

Jakub is a philosopher and historian. He studies twentieth-century totalitarianisms form a philosophical and cultural point of view.  He has worked in Pilecki Institute in Warsaw since 2016, first as a researcher, preparing testimonies of history witnesses for publishing online, and then, from 2018 as an educator. He conducts workshops for young people and prepares material for history education. He is also engaged in an amateur theatre and loves all kinds of movement.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Plenary Workshop on Assessment

Anthony Malone and Majella Dempsey, Maynooth University

During this session, Anthony and Majella will introduce a series of different assessment methods, discussing what each of them is most suitable for, and how to practically implement these methods in the classroom.

The plenary workshop will actively engage participants, who will be asked to try out some of the methods and to share their thoughts about and approaches to assessment.

The assessment methods presented in this plenary workshop are based on the Teacher Guide on Learning to Disagree.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

27th Annual Conference

The plenary 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.

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Session Fee

You can register to this single plenary session for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops and sessions for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Disagreement Through Multiperspectivity in Practice

Workshop by Anna Huijgen, DENISE Amsterdam, Maayke de Vries, International School Almere

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

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

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

The Limits of Multiple Perspectives: Deconstructing Hate-based Narratives

Workshop by Nicole Fournier-Sylvester and Katie O’Brian, Global Centre for Pluralism

Online spaces can provide access to typically marginalized viewpoints and provide substantial content for curriculum that is often one-sided. In fact, including divergent viewpoints is essential for pluralism – i.e. respect for diversity – to thrive. However, in order to effectively navigate online spaces, it is essential that students can identify and be resilient to hateful and extremist viewpoints. This interactive workshop will discuss the challenges of identifying hate speech as well as the strategies most often employed in hate and fear-based messaging. We will explore how these messages appear in participant’s contexts, including how different forms of discrimination and exclusion have been exacerbated during the pandemic. This will be followed by a discussion on what teachers can do to help their students build resilience to hate speech while also using the internet to learn about different perspectives.

About the Workshop Hosts

Nicole Fournier-Sylvester is the Education Manager at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada. She has a PhD in Education and an extensive record of conference presentations, workshops and publications on pluralistic dialogue, digital literacy, and critical thinking. Her dissertation, “Connected: Facilitating Transformative Online Dialogue in Peace-Building, Reconciliation, and Global Citizenship Education Programs”, compared international online education programs designed to facilitate intercultural dialogue, promote mutual understanding, and advance 21st century learning capacities. Nicole has over ten years of experience teaching courses on democracy and cultural diversity, ethics, education and social change.

 

Katie O’Brian is a Program Officer at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada where she works on the Education and Award programs. She is a UN-certified intercultural dialogue facilitator and brings this technical expertise to program and content development. She leads GCP’s work on MOZAIKO, their new online education platform. She has a Master’s Degree in International Development and Global Studies and spent five years living in Taiwan where she taught English and conducted her Master’s research.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

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The Benefit of Hindsight

Workshop by Valerio Bernardi, Learning to Disagree Team

This workshop is the product of the Learning to Disagree project. This project was initiated in response to the needs of educators who experience difficulties in addressing sensitive and controversial issues in their classrooms. The project, now in its final stages, offers trainings and support materials for teachers to face these topics head first with their students, subsequently teaching students vital skills such as the ability to listen, to consider alternative interpretations, and the ability of interacting with people that they disagree with in a constructive manner.

In August 1991, a cargo ship named Vlora arrived from Albania with 20,000 people on board in the Bari seaport, a major city of south-east Italy. The Italian Government decided to authorize the ship to come alongside the quay in Bari. After one or two days the immigrants were brought to the old Stadium in Bari called Victory. They were segregated for several days and most of them were repatriated to Albania. During those days there were also some riots  in the stadium . In the decades to come many more ships like the Vlora arrived in Italy from various places.

Valerio is one of the core members of the Learning to Disagree team and created the learning activity about the Vlora. In this workshop you will partake in said learning activity and subsequently you will be introduced to an activity that will allow students to have the possibility to compare migration in the past with migration today. Even more so, it will help students develop an understanding of the motivation of migration, empathy with the actors involved in (the history of) migration, and develop a positive attitude towards people with a different cultural background. The latter is specifically important as understanding of the other is needed to foster good dialogue and communication. 

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Learning to Disagree

This and many other workshops are based on the Learning Activities and Variety of Viewpoints developed for the Learning to Disagree Project. You can find the Lesson Plan on “The Benefit of Hindsight” on Historiana.

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How to Teach and Learn About Reliable Research to Foster a Good Future for our Society

Workshop by Katharina Miller, Path2Integrity Project

This workshop is for all of those who are interested in research, the notion of teachers as researcher and ethics.

According to the statement by the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics (2013), and “in view of recent events and debates, education in research ethics needs to be strengthened to ensure trust and confidence in scientific research.” Furthermore, “ALLEA argues in this statement that societies need to set aside or create resources (time, human resources, knowledge banks etc.), so as to ensure that all research is conducted by individuals who have the necessary literacy in ethics.”

In light of this, Path2integrity has been designing learning cards to argue in favour of reliable research results and responsible research. These cards cater to secondary school students, students as well as (future) researchers. These units are student-centred and use a dialogical approach, with role-playing and storytelling to foster trust in research. The learning cards empower its users all over Europe to understand how important such reliable research is, especially how important reliable research for society is – especially in times of COVID-19.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824488.

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Leaders in Times of Turmoil

Workshop by Zsolt Vódli and Juraj Varga, Learning to Disagree Team

When leaders make decisions about letting their allies invade their country, are they heroes or traitors?

This is the question your students should be able to answer by the end of the learning activity developed by Zsolt and Juraj. During this workshop they will discuss the contents of the learning activity, how to use it in your classroom, and how to assess your students during this learning activity.  This activity will help your students develop a plethora of skills, abilities and knowledge on historical figures and events.

The learning activity allows students to work in groups and discuss provocative statements; they will have to decide whether they agree, strongly agree, disagree or strongly disagree with these statements. Students cannot just say what they think in these discussions, they have to substantiate their opinions with an explanation or evidence. This learning activity provides students with the opportunity to understand the actions of leaders and people in a historically rather debated era. At the same time, it also gives them the opportunity to learn certain verbal competence while practicing critical thinking.

By the end of this learning activity your students will have developed their ability to evaluate different viewpoints, have learnt to express their opinion on sensitive and controversial topics, and further developed their critical thinking.

This workshop is the product of the Learning to Disagree project. This project was initiated in response to the needs of educators who experience difficulties in addressing sensitive and controversial issues in their classrooms. The project, now in its final stages, offers trainings and support materials for teachers to face these topics head-on with their students. These materials aim to teach students vital skills such as the ability to listen, to consider alternative interpretations, and the ability of interacting with people that they disagree with in a constructive manner.

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Pass or Fail? Assessing Assessment

    July 6 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

Take me to the page…

Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

Learning to Disagree

This and many other workshops are based on the Learning Activities and Variety of Viewpoints developed for the Learning to Disagree Project. You can find the Lesson Plan on “Leaders in Times of Turmoil” on Historiana.

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