The consortium of Learning to Disagree have selected fifteen educators from twelve different countries to form a project core team. The core team will be developing exemplar content on controversial issues, as well as contributing to the creation of teacher’s guides on dialogue, debate and discussion, and assessment. In general, Learning to Disagree aims to develop exemplar content, teaching strategies and assessment tools that enable educators to teach and assess dialogue, debate, and discussion on controversial subjects. The exemplar content that will be developed, will address debates about the following five topics: borders, behaving in danger or under occupation, protection, use and abuse of cultural heritage, annexation and separatism, and freedom of expression. Following the first staff training event organised in Topola, Serbia, in March of this year, EuroClio and Education for the 21st Century have further shaped these themes. During the upcoming meeting in August, the core team will receive training on the development of educational resources, and continue the work on the exemplar materials.
Historiana eActivity Builder
One of the main outcomes of the Learning to Disagree project, is a building block that will be added to the Historiana eActivity Builder. This building block will visualise different points of view on a particular (controversial) issue, such as for instance freedom of expression. The building block, called Variety of Viewpoints, will be included in eLearning activities that combine the visualisation with context in the form of a timeline, discussion questions, and additional guidance on teaching strategies and assessment tools.
Training events in countries of core team members
Towards the end of the project, in the first half of 2020, training events will be organised on teaching dialogue, debate, and discussion on controversial subjects. The training events will be organised by the core team members in their own countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece Hungary Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. The final project training will take place in Serbia, in March or April 2020.