History Teaching

Intergovernmental activities – three main projects

Brief presentation of current work in history teaching

Three main projects have been developed in the framework of intergovernmental activities at the Council of Europe in the last decade.

They all lead to concrete, tangible results that can be used by history teachers in their classroom practice

"The Image of the Other in History Teaching"
This started in 2006 with activities planned until 2009.

    It builds on experience gained previously in the identification of prejudices and wrong interpretations and focuses on three themes that run parallel to current issues:

  • learning about history in a multicultural society
  • images of others and ourselves in the context of globalisation
  • and the image of others in conflict situation.

"The European dimension in History teaching" (2002 – 2006)

    Following a Recommendation on history teaching in the twenty-first century Europe, this project focused on the notion of "multiperspectivity" and tried to define what a European dimension and approach could be.

"Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century" (1997 – 2001)
This project developed a comprehensive educational package for secondary schools with the aim of helping teachers use new methods and new topics to deal with the 20th century in particular, a complex and complicated century.

Other activities took place earlier or in different contexts. An overview can be found under results of prior activities.


For an overview of bilateral and regional cooperation, present or past, click here.