Learning to Disagree: Addressing Sensitive and Controversial Issues in the Classroom

EUROCLIO is excited to announce the kick-off of our new project; Learning to Disagree. This three-year project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, aims to respond to the needs of educators who experience difficulties in addressing sensitive and controversial issues in their classroom. The project offers training and support materials to educators to overcome these difficulties and enable them to facilitate dialogue, debate and discussion in their educational practice. The core idea is that students acquire those social and civic competences that enable them to interact with people that they (fundamentally) disagree with, in a constructive manner.

The consortium of partner organisations in this project consists of five organisations. Besides EUROCLIO, the organisations involved are Belgrade-based Education for the 21st Century, the Mount School York from the United Kingdom, the National University of Ireland – Maynooth, and finally the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (Germany). Education for the 21st Century is an institution which promotes human rights in the western Balkan region through means of education. The Mount School of York is an independent Quaker school for girls and boys, however uniquely it is not only a school but a non-profit organization who embrace equality and education. National University of Ireland – Maynooth is Ireland’s fastest growing university with a strong tradition of teacher education and committed to engaging in questions affecting society and to a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to the study of education. The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, located in Braunschweig, Germany, is a publicly-funded institute with 150 employees. It conducts applied and multidisciplinary research into textbooks informed primarily by history and cultural studies among other projects related to textbooks.

Our first Consortium meeting took place from 10 to 12 November at the EUROCLIO headquarters in The Hague. During this meeting, the aims of the project were discussed in detail. Much time was spent on discussion how to effectively reach our goals while ensuring we make the biggest possible impact. In the near future, a call for applications will be published, with the aim to assemble a core team of 12 individuals, who will be involved in the project. For more information, visit the project page.

New Project to Innovate Historiana for All Kicks-Off

On 10-11 January the new Historiana project Innovating History Education for All had its kick-off meeting in The Hague. The partners in the project The Mount School YorkWebticGeorg Eckert Institute and the Educational Research Institute came to the EUROCLIO Secretariat to discuss what will be developed in the project and agree on a timeplan. The project will run for 3 years (2014-2017) and includes a needs assessment on online education (specifically for history education), the development of new online tools for the Historiana website, examplar learning activities to demonstrate how these tools can be used in different ways to promote historical thinking, transnational source collections, a teacher’s guide on how to use these sources and a curriculum and policy research with policy recommendations for online learning in history education.

The first step in the project is the Needs Assessment that is conducted by the Educational Research Institute in Poland. The assessment will involve an international group of educators and includes a survey and three focus groups during the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Denmark with participants, followed by in-depth interviews. At the same time the Georg Eckert Institute starts with the analysis of curricula on online education related to history and citizenship education.

This new project also involves a group of 5 educators that will work togother with The Mount School York on new ideas for online tools and ways to use these to promote historical thinking. At the same time these educators will be trained as Historiana trainers to give workshops on online learning. After an open call to the EUROCLIO members for individuals who would like to participate and a lot of interest from many different countries, the 5 core group members were selected: Susanna Margret Gestsdottir (Iceland), Miljenko Hajdarovic (Croatia), Natia Pirtskhalava (Georgia), Pascal Tak (The Netherlands), and Richard Kennett (United Kingdom). This group will meet for the first time in mid-February with The Mount School York and Webtic in The Hague.

New Historiana Project: Call for Core Team Members

EUROCLIO acquired a new project within the Historiana programme: “Innovating History Education for All”. The project will run for 3 years (from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2017) and is implemented by EUROCLIO in partnership with WebticMount School York, the Educational Research Institute and the Georg Eckert Institute. The project will result in a needs assessment, cross-border historical source collections, online learning tools and activities, a multi-lingual user’s guide and a report on educational policies and curricula. At the moment we are looking for history educators to join the core team of history educators that is responsible for the development and testing of the online learning tools and exemplar applications. More information about the call for core team members can be found here:  Call for Core Team Members Historiana 2014.