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The project “European dimension in History teaching” (2002-2006)

In 2002, to help teachers implement the Recommendation on history teaching in twenty-first-century Europe, and in particular multiperspectivity, the Committee of Education launched a project with the aim of enriching the national approaches by stressing the European dimension in history teaching. The project was to focus on

While respecting the framework of objectives set by the Education Committee, it became clear that this project should:

- focus on events, topics, themes or developments which are truly European either because they happened across much of Europe or had direct or indirect consequences for much if not all of the continent;
- encourage teachers to take a comparative perspective and set the events in their own country into a broader European and global context;
- contribute to the development of young people’s historical understanding and critical skills as well as their knowledge;
- encourage teachers and students to examine key events, conflicts and developments from a multiplicity of perspectives.

Five key dates in Europe’s recent history were chosen for their European significance i.e. historical or cultural events which serve as foundation for a European consciousness, around which activities were developed:

Project outcomes

Three pedagogical instruments were developed for secondary school learners as well as teachers and trainers who wish to include multiple perspectives in their teaching practice: