History Teaching


History and history teaching have been a focus for the Council of Europe’s work on education since its inception. From the start and as stated in the European Cultural Convention, the organisation recognised the importance of history as a basis for the education of the citizens of Europe and its role in bridging differences and bringing people together by establishing mutual understanding and confidence between the peoples of Europe.

History teaching in perspective gives an overview of the changes that affected Europe and the Council of Europe since 1949 and how the instances of the Council of Europe responded to the changes.

 

Work in the field of history teaching, both in intergovernmental projects or through bilateral and regional cooperation focuses on issues:

  • related to the content of history textbooks to eliminate prejudice;
  • on the modernisation of teaching programmes and curricula;
  • and on teacher training .

The operational mode of all activities was always to create a space for debate where various target groups could share their views, confront their "reality" and revise their perception.

   

   
   

NEWS

The main outcome of the Council of Europe intergovernmental project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines (2010-2014) is the interactive e-book aimed at teacher trainers, teachers in training, practising teachers and their pupils. (more)
E-book
E-book leaflet

The results of the intergovernmental project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines (2010-2014) were introduced at the Final Conference which took place in Vienna University and was organised in the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. (more)
This publication contains the results and conclusions of the Conference.

Forthcoming events

Recent events

Workshop on “The city as a live museum”, Nicosia, Cyprus, 7-8 November 2014

Regional training seminar to disseminate the results of the project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-24 October 2014

Regional training seminar to disseminate the results of the project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines, Tallinn, Estonia, 6-8 October 2014
The European seminar Connecting local, regional and European history using electronic tools in teaching was aimed at providing dissemination of the e-book prepared in the framework of the  Council of Europe intergovernmental project Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines and training participants on how to bridge local, regional and European history using electronic tools. (more…)

Launch of ground-breaking inter-active e-book on Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines, 5 May 2014

Conference Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines, Vienna, Austria, 9-10 April 2014.
Conference organised in co-operation with Vienna University in the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

 

 

Last update: 28 November 2014