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

Chief Editor Julia Kushnereva Visits The Hague Office

Last week Editor-in-Chief of the Sharing History Project, Julia Kushnereva (Russia), visited EUROCLIO’s office in The Hague. During her visit Ms. Kushnereva briefed staff and trainees of the EUROCLIO on the current status of the Sharing History Project, namely on the developing process of new educational materials. In addition, Mr. Kushnereva used her visit to The Hague to discuss with Project Coordinator Aysel Gojayeva the next steps in editing process. The visit of the chief-editor also gave excellent opportunity for new trainee in EUROCLIO secretariat Ivan Markovic to get better insight in this project. For any questions, contact Aysel Gojayeva.

Fruitful final History that Connects editors meeting in The Hague

From 8 till 12 January 2014, as part of the ‘History that Connects the Western Balkans’ programme, the fifth and final, editors meeting of the “How to teach sensitive and controversial issues in the countries of former Yugoslavia?” project took place in The Hague.

All the editors from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo agreed about the final steps they have to take before the publishing of the educational material. The publication will include 23 modules for the classroom on the history of the region between 1900 and 1945. The coordinators and editors are happy the project has reached its final stage smoothly.

The editorial meeting was thematically divided into three parts. During the first part of this meeting technical details were arranged, related to the printing process of the educational material. The editors agreed on the technical appearance of publications, it´s cover, printing details, cataloguing, distribution, translations into several languages and on the additional material that will follow this publication.

The second part of editorial meeting focused on the publication, dissemination and presentation of workshops. The editors agreed on seven national seminars, which will be held from the end of April till beginning of June in 2014. These seminars will be organized by national associations of history teachers. The first seminar will be organised by HIPMONT – the Montenegro Association of History Teachers and the Croatian Association of History Teachers will be the organiser and host in May 2014.

The third part of the meeting centred on Annual Conference, which will be held from 31 March till 6 April 2014 in Ohrid, Macedonia. The organizers of the Annual Conference are EUROCLIO and ANIM – The Association of Macedonian History Teachers. The president of ANIM is Mire Mladenovski, also one of the History that Connects editors. Mire Mladenovski has presented the Annual Conference programme.

Promotional activities were determined for the presentation of the publication and workshops which will be given during the Annual Conference.

During editors meeting, the EUROCLIO staff participated and showed their kindness, good will and hospitality. They left a positive impression on all participants and helped the editors by successfully organising this event, which ended with a nice dinner with guests with a particular interest in the Western Balkans.

Final History That Connects Editing Meeting in The Hague

The seven skilled History That Connects editors will have their final editing meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands from 8 to 13 January 2014. The History That Connects programme is running very well and the ‘How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia?’ project has reached its final stage. The seven editors from seven different countries will have their final meeting of the project and new educational material will be launched in the beginning of 2014.

Finished modules reviewed during History that Connects meeting in Struga

One month after the meeting in Skopje, editors of the seven countries that participate in the project History that Connects met in Struga from the 22nd to 24th July for their fourth editorial meeting. They discussed the previous meeting and the one before publication of the materials, where teachers and history teachers will be present. That meeting will mark the end of three years of a successful and very interesting project.

Similar to the meeting in Skopje, the meeting was divided into three parts. Each one was very constructive. During the first part, editors from the seven countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Monte Negro, Kosovo, Macedonia) wrote an introduction for the next publication, divided 23 workshops (modules) by subject and by group and suggested several titles of the future publication.

The second part of the meeting was used for another workshop overview. Regarding the notes from the previous meetings, the editors reviewed all workshops and wrote the last instructions and comments for workshop authors. The authors improved their workshops in many cases. The results of so much interactive team work are finished workshops from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo. Those workshops are ready for printing. The ones from Serbia still need a bit of improvement while, unfortunately, the ones from Montenegro were not reviewed, because the authors did not correct the flaws. The authors of the mentioned countires received a shorter deadline for workshop correction.

During the third part of the meeting the technical details for the next publication were negotiated. Three types of book breaks, proofreading and translations into different languages were discussed. Finished workshops from the five countries were prepared for translations into English. And finally, tasks for the next meeting in the second half in October were divided among the editors.

Taking the Next Step: Third Editors Meeting was a Great Success

Forty days after the meeting in Osijek, the editors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia met in Skopje from 7 to 9 June. The editor’s meeting was very interesting, substantial very busy and a continuation of the previous ones. By observing the themes, the meeting could be divided into three parts.

In the first part, Emina Živković from Serbia stated her own impressions and conclusions on the seminar of Serbian primary and secondary school history teachers which was held in Valjevo, Serbia. Some of the modules for the future publication were piloted in that seminar. This information was very useful to the editors because it gave them the ability to compare the results from the four big piloting seminars (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia).

The second part of the meeting was about the workshops’ overview from Slovenia, Serbia and Kosovo. The editors went through the rest of the nine workshops, carried out their remarks, notes, comments and conclusions which will be forwarded to the workshops’ authors.
The check and overview of the previous discussed workshops from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia followed. The workshops were corrected, amended and prepared for translantions into other languages.

In the third part of the meeting, technical details of future publication were arranged. The workshop’s fracture for printing, classbook conception, translations to other languages were being negotiated.

Beside the seven previously mentioned editors of the teaching modules, the meeting was actively participated by fellow colleague Besnik Emini from Macedonia who improved the meeting’s quality by offering his conclusions and comments.The very small amount of the free time they had, the editors used for a sightseeing tour of Skopje and its surrounding. They were taken on the tour by the very kind and hospitable hosts Mire Mladenovski and Besnik Emini.

History that Connects–Meeting

A very distinctive meeting between history teachers and editors of workshops of educational material from the project History that Connects was held in Osijek from 18th to 20th April.

Within this project that runs from 2011-2014, the first editors meeting was held in Vienna in March this year where editing guidelines and tasks were defined for the following period.

Seven countries editors participated in the Osijek meeting: Slovenia (Marjeta Šifrer), Croatia (Igor Jovanović), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bojana Blagojević-Dujković), Montenegro (Miloš Vukanović), Kosovo (Donika Xhemajli), Serbia (Emina Živković), Macedonia (Mire Mladenovski).

Teachers and editors examined the workshops from Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the examination, topics as historical sources, content, multiperspectivity, the workshop’s controversy were taken into consideration.

While examining the educational modules from the noted countries, the teachers were helped by Mire Mladenovski’s notes who had summarized opinions and instructions of Macedonian teachers-practitioners who piloted the modules in the seminar in Macedonia. In addition, the editors went through the written comments and constructive remarks on the modules by Joke der Leeuw-Roord, EUROCLIOs Executive Director.
Not only in Macedonia were the piloting sessions held, but also in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the piloting results are of importance to the editing process, a next one will be held in Valjevo, Serbia on the 19th of May.

After the examination of the workshops, notes and comments were made which will, along with the recommendations and instructions, be carried out to the authors from the specified countries.

The next meeting, with the purpose to examine the rest of the workshops from Slovenia, Kosovo and Serbia, will take place in Skopje from 7th to 9th June.

The little bit of the free time that the editors had, was used for a short sightseeing trip of Osijek and its landmarks. They were guided by their colleague Denis Detling, a great enthusiast of the city of Osijek and its history.

At the Heart of the Matter: Editing Team of the History that Connects Project meets for the first time in Vienna

In the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of March, seven editors of the History that Connects project ‘Teaching Sensitive Topics in the Countries of Former Yugoslavia, 1900-1945’ gathered in Vienna to work on the development of the educational material, to identify remaining challenges, to divide tasks and responsibilities and to set up a timeframe concerning the next steps. Despite the extremely cold winter weather and some plane cancellations, all the editors of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia were able to participate. It was a short meeting, but at the same time intense and great progress has been made.

On the 22nd of March the editors arrived in Vienna to attend the kickoff of the meeting by EUROCLIO coordinator and Senior Manager Jonathan Even-Zohar. In order to make some preparations, the weekend programme was discussed in advance including the questions that had to be answered. In the morning of the 23rd the meeting started with a reflection on the draft modules by EUROCLIO Executive Director, Joke van der Leeuw-Roord. Several key questions and suggestions were raised concerning the development of the material. In addition, the piloting results of Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Igor Jovanović from Croatia and Mire Mladenovski from Macedonia were presented and reflected upon.

At the end of the weekend the results were presented. Final decisions have been made on the division of responsibilities, on the content and methodology of the modules, on translation and publication. To enhance the project aim to stimulate regional cooperation and critical thinking, the responsibility of the modules has been divided among the editors of countries in a way that the editor is not responsible for editing its own country module. Furthermore is stated that the final publication will consist out of twenty-one modules of which every country has developed three.

In order to follow up the results, a next meeting has been planned and will take place on the 20th of April in Osijek, Croatia. Before the editors will come together, the modules will be formatted while keeping the publication in mind. Moreover, the piloting trainings are considered to be of great value during this project, and will therefore be continued. The first upcoming one will take place in Serbia.

All in all, the first editors meeting proved, despite some challenges, to be an enormous success. Clearly, the key concepts of multiperspectivity, critical thinking, similarity and difference, interpretation and source-based material are at the heart of the matter. More information about the participating History Teachers Associations can be found in the membership section of the EUROCLIO website. Also, for more information on the project, you can contact the EUROCLIO Secretariat.

Start of the final phase for “History that Connects” teaching material on 1900-1945

On the 23rd and 24th of March, seven Editors of the History that Connects project will gather in Vienna to discuss the further development of the educational modules with the main focus on finalising the modules, translation, dissemination and implementation. Hereby they will reflect on the piloting results and stemming from that make several decisions about the format, timetable, translation and distribution. A new exiting phase which shows how well the project up till now has developed thanks to the effort of all the participants and coordinators. The meeting is therefore of great importance regarding the continuation of this development and the finalizing of the educational modules. Now is the time to enhance its impact, secure sustainability, to tackle upcoming challenges and to create future opportunities.

Istanbul, Turkey: Developing History Teaching Material on 1900-1945 takes big steps forward

On 28-30 April, the Country Coordinators of the EUROCLIO Programme History that Connects, met for two intensive days of thinking together about the next steps, in Istanbul, Turkey. On Saturday the 28th of April, during the first meeting, a discussion took place focusing on the next steps regarding the modules in development. It was decided that that all of the modules can be divided into four different categories according to theme. These four thematic categories are Assassinations & ResistanceEconomy, Everyday Life and Civil Wars. Furthermore, it was also decided that at the next seminar in Macedonia, the participants will be divided into groups of two (from different countries), with each group assigned to one module. On Sunday, the focus shifted to the more practical aspect of the meeting – assessing the work done so far in relation to the modules under development. Each participant was given a chance to show their progress since the last seminar (Pula) after which they would receive positive criticism and constructive suggestions about their modules. It was agreed that, due to the regional nature of these modules, the participants would provide their help when it comes to accessing archives of their country by colleagues from other countries. Throughout these two days, the participants generally showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the project as well as the motivation to work hard to produce quality material.