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08 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 26975)  

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Title 2nd workshop for curriculum developers on modernisation of history curricula and textbooks: skills and competences - where is the balance? 
Status Completed 
Date 28/05/2009 - 29/05/2009 
Location Prizren, Kosovo*
Countries Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - Kosovo-IBP
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Kosovo-IBP - Education in Kosovo: Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process*    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DG4/JP/1763   Education in UNMIK/Kosovo : Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process
Expected Result 1.5 - History teaching a. authors of history textbooks trained on the new approaches (based on COE standards in history teaching) to the drafting of textbooks and complementary material b. history teachers, inspectors and curricula developers trained to introduce multiperspectivity and active pedagogy c. in-service teacher training institutes supplied with the information on the use of new methods aimed at strengthening the reconciliation process
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.4 – Fostering intercultural dialogue
Programme ☆ V.4.1  Intercultural dialogue - Follow-up to the ''White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue''
Project 2006/DG4/898 Intercultural Dialogue and the Image of the Other in History Teaching
Expected Result 3 Countries concerned with bilateral co-operation are provided with assistance in the preparation of pedagogical materials and in the integration of new methods in teacher training in relation with cultural diversity and multiperspectivity.

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Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Education & Languages)
CoE Contact TITZ, Jean-Pierre   email
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1 http://www.ibp-kosovo.org  
Last Modified 02/12/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 26975) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) • To provide venue for local stakeholders to debate on the skills needed to reform history curricula and textbooks regarding the relationship between the skills and content ratio.
• To enable interface between the history education professionals and bodies tasked to make the new framework curricula and curricula for minorities.
• To provide examples of good practice from the countries member states of the CoE (UK, Portugal).
• To debate issues in the local curricula and the textbooks.
• To raise awareness of minority related content in the curricula. 
Output/Results • The group of history educators (curriculum developers, textbook authors, historians, representatives of the MEST) discussed the issues of relationship between the ratio dedicated to skills and content in the current curricula and the textbooks. The group noted that there is a need for more space given to the skills teaching and promoting and a need to cut the content and memorisation of facts (dates, places, etc..). The group agreed there is progress to be recorded with the new textbooks written in 2007 but more needs to be done both in the textbook field as well as in the curriculum design. There is a problem of teacher training and introduction of multiperspective teaching in schools.
• On behalf of the MEST, the workshop was co-chaired by Mr Sabri Tahiri, Head of Curriculum Development Council. Several other members of the Council were invited to the meeting. Next to the Council for Curriculum, the IBP invited some members of the Independent Commission for the review of Serbian curriculum to attend the seminar and get acquainted with the new approach to history teaching and people professionally involved in the process.
• The IBP experts Ms Luisa Black and Mr Chris Rowe offered presentations with several different examples of good practice. Mr Rowe based his presentation on the experiences from Great Britain and elaborated his case from the perspective of the teacher who implements the curriculum and use the textbooks. Ms Black stressed issues related to the teacher’s practice and training, exploring the importance of a good base of knowledge and consistent training of teachers.
• Mr Arber Salihu gave an elaborate overview of the progress of curriculum and textbook development since 2000 until now. Mr Alihu showed a rich array of examples and issues that still require debate and external expertise.
• History educators (curriculum developers and textbook authors) representatives of minorities (Bosnian, Turkish) noted progress in including minority content in the curricula and textbooks. They asked from the relevant authorities for more support in producing textbook in the languages of the minorities and more space in the curriculum. 
Conclusions/Follow Up Seminar on 17-18 September, on the question of :
Multiperspectivity – Multiperspectivity in the curriculum, in the textbooks and in the classroom. 
Participants Textbooks authors
Curriculum developers
Teachers, Inspectors
History Educators
Ministry of Education officals 
Consultants/Experts Luisa Black
Chris Rowe
Arber Salihu 
CoE Secretariat Jean-Pierre Titz,
Emir Adzovic 
Total No. Participants 50 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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