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Workshop by Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, Adopt a Monument Project

The Adopt a Monument project is designed to bring local war history and remembrance to life.

In this workshop, led by Marjan, you will explore the teaching materials of Adopt a Monument, whilst also discussing philosophical questions to stimulate dialogue on commemoration and teaching.

By adopting a monument or war grave and organizing a commemoration thousands of children in the Netherlands are annually involved in the (local / regional) history of the Second World War, the tradition of commemoration and associated rituals. With the teaching materials of ‘Adopt a monument’ they explore the story of the monument, they reflect upon the importance of commemorating and celebrating and they design their own commemoration.

This monument or grave that the children adopt is located in their own neighbourhood, thus they really are discovering their own local history. They learn what commemoration is and why it is important to pass on the stories from the war.

The workshop starts with a short presentation of a research project (conducted by Marjan together with Arie Wilschut) on the effects of ‘Adopt a monument’ on grade 7 pupils’ knowledge and attitudes regarding war commemoration (rituals, values, meanings) in relation to the (local) occupation history of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

The workshop focuses on primary schools, however the materials can also be used in lower secondary schools.

About the Workshop Host

Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp is a lecturer of history education and didactics at Fontys University for Applied Sciences, School for Child studies and Education in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands. She teaches history and didactics and she supervises graduate and master research, next to students’ internships in primary schools.

Until 2016 Marjan has been Treasurer and President of EUROCLIO.

In 2017 she finished her Ph.D. on the Improvement of the understanding of historical time for pupils aged 6 -12, on which she published several articles in scientific journals and journals for teachers.

Furthermore she is co-author of a textbook on teaching history in primary education that is widely used in Dutch colleges and universities.

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27th Annual Conference

This workshop is part of the 27th EuroClio Annual Conference on Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom. You can find more information on the Annual Conference, including the full programme, on the Annual Conference main page.

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Workshop Fee

You can register to this single workshop for 15€ , or register to multiple workshops for a reduced fee.

Participation is free for Individual Members, Member Associations, and Ambassadors. Reach out to Djoera at djoera@euroclio.eu to know how to join.

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November 25, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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