Connecting Central Europe Through Local History

The conceptual foundation of the project relies on finding linkages between the personal "small" history and the national and regional "big history". The "small" history carries with it deep significance for people's personal identity, and shows in depth the complexity of history. These experiences help to highlight the importance of second order concepts as multiperspectivity, inclusion, diversity, change, critical thinking, etc. in history education. Oral history approach provides a very useful tool towards grasping this realization. Connecting Central Europe Through Local History: Innovative Approaches in History Education will engage students and history educators and experts towards this goal. The leading experts from all participating countries (Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) will undergo initial training in order to be able to assist with student projects and history educators workshops in their areas. Student teams from borderland areas will collect stories and conduct interviews within their families and communities and research other oral history resources available. These resources will be used in workshops with history educators from participating countries on the used of oral history and other participatory approaches in history education and utilizing the collected materials by students and the methodology in creating modules for history educators that will be available in printable format on the website created within the project. A final conference in Hungary will present the developed modules and resource website as well as gained insight into methodology and students' experience from the field research. This project is an initial step towards a vibrant network of history education professionals in Central Europe.

Project Aims

The project is focusing on learning about the "big" Central European history through learning about the "small" complex histories from the borderlands between Central European countries. This projects involves students and history educators uncovering the complexities and connections of local and regional histories through innovative approaches to history education. The project also establishes a unique network of top stakeholders in history education in the Central European region.

Results

  • Network of history educators: network of history educators connecting the Central European region established for future cooperation;
  • Educational modules on oral history: workshops will result in modules for history educators in downloadable format;
  • Oral history collected materials: the material collected by students in field trips and further research will be available online for educators and students and interested public;
  • Website with resources for educators: all developed materials and resources will be collected on a website resulting from the project that will continue to be updated in further projects and activities;
  • Articles and publications by participating experts on the experience and approaches utilized within the project.

Publications

Updates about the developments during the projects and outcomes resulting from the project have been disseminated via EUROCLIO newsletters that have been send to over 7.000 subscribers from Europe and beyond. Information about the project has been available on the official site of EUROCLIO, which has been visited by approximately 45.000 visitors throughout the duration of this project. Forum Historiae has been actively promoting local users via the means of their newsletter and website and the project team member have informed colleagues about the projects through their personal contacts. At the end of the project a Press Release has been send to various Press Contacts with whom we have been in contact before.

Project Press Release:  Press Release- EN

Final Report Connecting Europe Through Local History- EN

Supported by

 

Partners

Fundajca Dom Pokoju (House of Peace Foundation)

Fundacja "Krzyżowa" dla Porozumienia Europejskiego (Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe)

Történelemtanárok Egylete (The Association of Hungarian History Teachers)

Verband der Geschichtslehrer Deutschlands e. V (the Association of History Teachers of Germany)

Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Asociace učitelů dějepisu České republiky

Contributors

 

Nova doba (All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies)

Barnabas Vajda (Association of Hungarian History Teachers in Slovakia)

Dagmar Kusá (Bratislava International School of liberal Arts)

Edward Skubisz (Foundation „Dom Pokoju‟ - House of Peace)

Eva Zajicova (ASUD – Czech History Teachers Association)

László Beró (Association of Hungarian History Teachers)

Miroslav Michela (Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Viliam Kratochvíl (Pedagogical Faculty, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Iryna Kostyuk (‟Social Inclusion for civic engagement in Ukraine‟ Project, UNDP)

Olha Pedan-Slyepukhina («Nova Doba» All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History, Social Studies and Civic Education)

Sylvia Semmet (EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators and German History Teachers Association)

Project Managers

Steven Stegers, EUROCLIO Project Manager

Dagmar Kusa, EUROCLIO Project Manager