Over 100 Teachers Trained on “Teaching Europe” in Cyprus, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic and Portugal

As part of the Decisions and Dilemmas 3: making learning about the EU motivating and meaningful project, EuroClio member associations in Cyprus, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic and Portugal organised their national events. The events each contained plenary sessions on the project, and the research results of the Teaching Europe research, and workshop sessions focused on teaching about the EU. Materials from the Historiana unit Changing Europe were translated to the local language and used for workshops. The translated materials will become available online after the summer.

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Each association has chosen an angle to the topic that is most relevant for their country context, and invited local speakers and/or workshop hosts. In addition, one of the trainers of another project country joined the event to provide a workshop with one of the Changing Europe materials. More detailed reports on each of the national events will be published on the project page in August.

How to deal with Contemporary Issues in the History Classroom

Hosted by Europahuis Ryckevelde in Bruges, Belgium, the development team of the Decisions and Dilemmas project ‘Exploring European Union history through the lens of contemporary issues’ (internal link) came together from 25th until 27th May 2016. In the project context 6 learning activities are developed focusing on different contemporary issues including economic imbalances, energy dependency, global trade, and migration and Schengen. After a general update on the ‘Changing Europe: European decisions and European dilemmas’ Historiana unit by project managers Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, the team went into active learning mode and tried out a scripted drama on the Founding Fathers of the EU, designed by team member Kate Brennan. Team members Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic, Guido Lessing, Kate Smee and Ute Ackermann-Boeros furthermore presented the draft versions of their learning activity ideas to team coordinator and Historiana Learning editor Helen Snelson and the project advisors – the Historiana Historical Content team editors, Jean Monnet professor Léonce Bekemans and fm. Advisor and Head of Unit in DG Enlargement within the EU, Alain Servantie. The coming period the team members will work on processing the feedback they received into the first full version of their learning activities, and focus on the piloting and peer-reviewing process. The final materials will be presented in the form of workshops during the EuroClio Annual Conference in Donostia/San Sebastian, so if you are interested to learn more join us during our Annual Conference in San Sebastián!