A variety of resources were disseminated to educators and students alike, which fall under the following themes related to the development of The EU project:
The way the EU is currently being taught– These resources were spread in order to help educators to critically reflect on the way the EU is currently being taught and the implications of this approach, and therefore be triggered to develop their own vision on how teaching about the EU should ideally look like.
- The results of a comparative analysis of the way European Integration is currently presented in school textbooks in all 28 member states (conducted in 2015).
- Scans of the maps, cartoons and photographs that are used in these textbooks on the pages dealing with European integration.
Post-War Europe (1944-1951) – These resources were spread as they 1) help educators to engage students with the challenges facing Europeans, and their hopes and fears for the future, as the continent emerged from a war-torn first half of the 20th century, and 2) help youngsters understand why a group of political leaders wanted to establish a means of facilitating social and economic integration leading eventually to some kind of greater political integration.
- A collection of 24 life stories of ordinary people living in Europe after the end of World War 2. All of these stories are written up from the lives of real people. The stories are presented to help students to empathise with the human side of the years 1945-49.
- Evidence files under the themes: Changing borders, New governments, Life goes on, Infrastructure destruction, Hunger and hardship, Destroying the National Socialist world, Displaced people and refugees, and Never again. Students can use the materials in these files to research what life was like in Europe the period 1945-49 and make judgements about how useful the different types of sources are for different purposes.
- A learning activity “Life in Europe 1945-1949 – What was it like to live in postwar Europe?”
- A scripted drama “Rising from the Ruins: Rebuilding Europe after World War Two. How did the aftermath of World War Two lead to the founding of the European Union?”
The EU in the context of the long search for stability – These resources were spread as they help educators show to students that the European project has been different from the previous attempts to manage conflict and establish stability in Europe:
- A multi-stranded timeline “Managing conflict in times of change”.
- A learning activity “Managing conflict in Europe in times of Change: 1648 – 1945. What can we learn from a timeline about conflict management in Europe?”
- A learning activity “A comparison of European peace treaties. What are the similarities and differences between some of the key European peace treaties?”
The EU in the context of a changing world – These resources were spread as they help educators show to students how and why decisions are made and exploring the dilemmas that Europe has faced, and continues to face, and how the EU has adapted to changing international circumstances in the second half of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st:
- A learning activity “Old fears and new threats: Western European defence negotiations – How revealing are the negotiations over European defence 1948-1954 about the hopes and fears of the people involved?”
- A learning activity “Why has it proved so difficult to agree a common European foreign policy? Examining the evidence to explore dilemmas and decisions about European foreign policy.”
- A learning activity “Exploring the Common Agricultural Policy What is the CAP and is it still needed?
- A learning activity “The challenge of European stability – How stable has Europe been 1945-today?”
- A learning activity ‘Unity in Diversity’: What makes it possible for European countries to work together to operate as a global power?
- A learning activity “Economic imbalances in Europe. What kind of dilemmas may result from our economic choices?”
- A learning activity “The EU and trade in a global context. How does European trade policy affect African chicken farmers?”
- A learning activity “Should we feel anxious about Europe’s energy dependency?”
- A learning activity “Opening Europe’s Borders for People and border controls in a (post)Schengen world’. How did the migrant crisis shake the foundations and principles of the European Union?”
The report of the first meeting and a list of the translated activities is now available here.
The report of the second meeting and a list of the translated activities is now available here.
The report of the third meeting is now available here.
The report of the fourth meeting and a list of the translated activities is now available here.
The report of the fifth meeting and a list of the translated activities is now available here.
The report of the sixth meeting and a list of the translated activities is now available here.