Register now for EUROCLIO’s training seminar “Changing Europe” from 13-16 May 2016 in Lithuania!

As a part of the project Decisions and Dilemmas: Learning about the EU from a historical perspective. EUROCLIO is organizing a training seminar with the title “Changing Europe: European Dilemmas and European Decisions”from 13 until 16 May. The training will take place at Vilnius University in Lithuania and will bring together history and citizenship educators from all across Europe for an engaging programme with active workshops, reflection sessions, socializing and on-site learning. The materials that will be used offer multiperspective sources and learner-centered activities setting the emergence of post-1945 European cooperation into its historical context.

If you want to join this interesting training opportunity, register now via this link. Deadline for registration is 22 April.

For more information and the preliminary programme have a look at our event page or contact the training coordinator Judith Geerling (judith@euroclio.eu).

 

EUROCLIO Members from all 28 EU Countries Discuss “Teaching Europe”

From 25 until 27 September 2015, 30 history and citizenship educators, representing Member organisations from all EU-countries met at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona for the first meeting of the project “Teaching ‘Europe’ to enhance EU cohesion: European Integration as a subject of study in secondary school education in the 28 member states”. The overall aim of the project is to improve the way in which teaching and learning about the EU is taking place and is coordinated by professor Fernando Guirao from Pompeu Fabra University in partnership with EUROCLIO. The research results will be compiled into a research report with a comparative analysis and country case studies and is expected in September 2016.

During the meeting the team discussed their research results of 2 history books for the final 2 years of compulsory education in their country, looking into communalities and differences in approach, number of pages and integration in the national historical narrative. Vadim Oswalt from Giessen University gave a workshop in which he explained his transnational research on history maps in 36 countries and showed methods how to interpret maps. The next phase in the project is the research of 2 textbooks for another social science subject. These results will be discussed during the next meeting, which will coincide with the training seminar for the Decisions and Dilemmas project from 12-15 February. For more information on the project please contact Steven Stegers (steven@euroclio.eu).

How to Actively Engage Students in Deep Learning about the European Union?

From 26 to 28 June, the team working on the “Decisions and Dilemma: Learning about the EU from a historical perspective” project met in The Hague for the 3rd and final development meeting. They are working on the development of a package of engaging learning sources. The project team aims to get away from the boring approach that focuses primarily on treaties, membership and institutions by focusing on an issue-based or even a ‘crisis-based’ approach, which in the view of the project team goes to the heart of the concerns of the students and their parents. In addition, the project team aims to help educators to put the EU in its historical context.

During the meeting the team reviewed life stories that were to learn about the experiences of ordinary people across Europe after World War 2, worked on a template for research and discussion on challenges that the European Community faced after it was founded, and further developed learning activities around a timeline on managing conflict through times of change that has been created for the project to see how European compares to previous initiatives to manage conflict. All the learning resources will be published on the Historiana Learning Section and be used for an international training that will take place on 12-15 February 2016. For more information, please contact steven@euroclio.eu

‘Making the history of conflict resolution and peace-keeping interesting and fun’

The UK Historical Association conference, Bristol, 8-9 May 2015: Helen Snelson presented some of the materials from the Decisions and Dilemmas project to a workshop of UK secondary school history teachers in Bristol. The World Wars and the Cold War often feature in history teaching in the UK and as part of that students learn about the international relations of the 20th century.  However, these studies are rarely focused on Europe per se and rarely reach back into the past.

In the workshop Helen used the timeline about the ‘long search for political stability in Europe 1648-1945‘ that is being developed by the Decisions and Dilemmas team.  Participants created a large wallpaper colour chart to show when different ways of establishing stability have been tried in Europe. Helen also presented a selection of the life stories of European people living in the period 1945-49. These life stories are being developed in order to engage students with the human stories behind the years that followed the end of World War Two.  They are being developed to help students consider how similar and different experiences were across the continent, and to enable students to use source material to consider how typical was the experience of their character.

Participants were enthusiastic about these and gave useful feedback to the team as they continue their development work.

Workshops on History of European Cooperation Peer-Reviewed at Annual Conference Denmark

During the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Denmark, Learning Editor Helen Snelson and Content Editor Francesco Scatigna, together with team member Ineke Veldhuis-Meester led two peer-review sessions with materials developed in the Decisions and Dilemmas project and received valuable feedback from the international group of participants. The first workshop focused on ‘Understanding change and continuity in the search for European stability 1648-1945’ and included a multi-stranded timeline on this search for stability including events, ideas and global context which was analyzed and assessed. The second workshop had a focus on a different period 1945-1949 and used individual life stories and evidence files to answer questions on how typical the experiences were. Participants gave great input on what to focus on, the necessity to limit the amount of sources handed to students and to the activities in general.

The materials and learning activities will be improved with the inputs collected during these two peer-review sessions and will be used during the final training seminar of the project in February 2016 and become available on Historiana. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for more information in the fall.

Active Historiana Training on Teaching the Napoleonic Wars

Almost 50 educators coming from 25 different countries were involved in the Historiana training day during the International Training seminar Teaching 1815. Rethinking the Battle of Waterloo from Multiple Perspectives which served as the start of the development process of a Historiana module on the Napoleonic Wars. Using the techniques and tools that the Historiana programme of EUROCLIO proposes, the participants worked in 9 teams of about 5 people sharing and contrasting their ideas about teaching about the Napoleonic Wars in three active workshops.

On Saturday 14th February, Historiana coordinators Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, historical content editor Francesco Scatigna, learning team coordinator Helen Snelson and EUROCLIO research trainee Martijn de Jong proposed to the participants three really interactive activities on how to present historical content on the Napoleonic Wars in an innovative way, how to make a transnational source collection that is useful for history teaching and how to make learning activities that promote historical thinking by analysing a single source or a group of sources.

Trying to promote multiperspectivity in the different workshops, the groups of educators prepared and presented the historical content and learning activities they worked on and developed in the workshops.

The Historiana team will further develop the new Historiana module on the Napoleonic Wars, using the results of this training day. If you are interested to join the development process, please contact Judith Geerling (judith@euroclio.eu).

‘Use the Past to Understand the Present’ Decisions and Dilemmas Project is Shaping Up!

On 15-16 February the second development meeting for the Historiana project “Decisions and Dilemmas: how to teach about the EU from a historical perspective” took place in Braine L’Alleud, Belgium.

After a general introduction concerning aims of the meeting by Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, it was time for Helen Snelson (UK) and the historical content editor Francesco Scatigna (Italy) to convey the team concerning the results of the Advisory Board Meeting in Spain in 2014. Then, Francesco presented his timeline with the key events for the EU between 1944 and 2008. It was a great opportunity to discuss on learning activities on the timeline developed for the part on the long search for stability in Europe. This point will be piloted soon in Denmark during the EUROCLIO Annual Conference.

Thereafter Bob Stradling – Historiana Editor in Chief- presented his ideas for activities, facilitating debates on key policy issues from 1945 to nowadays. On this subject, the presence of Edgars Berzins (Latvia), Marjeta Sifrer (Slovenia), Ineke Veldhuis-Meester (The Netherland) and Helen as History teachers was relevant to share ideas and improve activities template. One purpose: teach the EU in an interactive and interesting way!

Edgars, Ineke and Marjeta presented sources they found as evidence files to illustrate post-war Europe. This perspective includes displaced people, infrastructural destruction. More than the ‘practical aspect’, they are also focusing on the post-war spirit: how life goes on, how to prevent conflicts. In this way Historiana aims to teach History in an innovative way using ordinary life stories. That’s why we pooled with pleasure different life stories after the Second World War, collected by Edgars, Ineke and Marjeta and tried to make it relevant for teachers and students.

Finally, the team agreed on next steps to follow for the two coming workshops: pilot teaching material during the Annual Conference in Denmark and the project results that would be discussed during the International Training 2016 in Italy (more information will come).

Advisors and Spanish Educators Provide Valuable Feedback for Decisions & Dilemmas Project in Madrid

From 12 until 15 December 2014 the Advisory Board of the Historiana project “Decisions and Dilemmas: how to teach about the EU from a historical perspective” met with representatives of the Development Team to discuss the current work and future developments in the project. After a general introduction to the rationale and outline of the project and development so far by Historiana Editor-in-Chief Bob Stradling and EUROCLIO coordinators Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, historical content editor Francesco Scatigna presented his work on a timeline for the first section “The long search for stability” starting with the Peace of Westphalia.

On 13 December the team was joined by 5 local Spanish educators. Learning Editor Helen Snelson gave training on a decision-making activity on the European Defense Community and the use of Life Stories. The developed materials and methodologies were received with great enthusiasm and the local educators and advisors gave valuable feedback on how to improve the materials.

Kick-off Development Team Meeting showcases exciting Progress for NEW Decisions & Dilemmas Project

On 10-11 October the first meeting of the new Historiana project ‘Decisions and Dilemmas: teaching about the EU from a historical perspective’ took place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The project entails three parts: ‘the long search for a lasting peace’, ‘life after World War 2’, and ‘the EU in the context of a changing world’ and will result in historical content and learning activities including role play and decisions making activities that will feature on the Historiana website. The meeting marked a unique moment, as it is the first Historiana project in which the development of historical content and learning activities is a collaborative effort by the whole development team. If you are interested to join the thinking on Historiana, become a member of our Facebook group!