Issue date: 28 March 2008
Teachers and Education professionals from 40 European Countries will convene at the University of the West of England and other venues in the city and the region to learn more from experts and each other about diversity issues in history teaching.
UWE has joined forces with the European Association of History Educators and the History Teacher Education Network to host the 15th EUROCLIO Annual International Professional Development Conference The Past in the Present: Exploring Identity, Diversity and Values through History teaching.
The conference takes place at UWE's School of Education and will also include visits to the City Council House, local schools, National Trust properties and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.
Dr Dean Smart from UWE and Conference Co-ordinator, said, “For many of the delegates this conference will be the professional development event of their career. We have over 100 teaching professionals visiting from 40 European countries and around 40 UK participants so this will be a truly international conference giving teachers a unique opportunity to network and discover different approaches to teaching. The conference represents the launch event for the Bristol element of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue and themes will include a focus on tolerance, mutual understanding and peace in education.
“It is significant for UWE to host this important event as the School of Education is recognised as one of the leading teacher education providers in the UK with outstanding Ofsted results
An exciting line up of expert speakers and an array of workshops will enable the delegates to explore themes such as 'Exploring Identity'; 'Contextualisation'; 'Migration, Immigration, Diversity and Difference'; 'Teaching about Diversity and Values' and 'the importance of Multiperspectivity in tackling sensitive and controversial stories'.
Key speakers include Michael Middleton, HMI, who will deliver a keynote speech on 'Teaching about Diversity'. Professor Eyal Naval from Israel will shine light on how diversity can be tackled during times of conflict in a talk entitled 'Israel – Two sides of a story, a case study of Israelis and Palestinians making a multi-perspective textbook'.
Experts from UWE will join the invited speakers including Madge Dresser and Dr Peter Fleming from the nationally acclaimed Centre for Local and Regional History.
An exhibition on Teaching about Identity and Diversity and Ethnic Minorities in textbooks will be on display during the conference and there will be a range of exhibitors promoting their heritage organisations and history related projects.
For a detailed programme please go to www.euroclio.eu - a special press File is available under the heading EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2008 PRESS FILE.
EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators, was founded in 1993 and has 64 member organisations from 46 countries. The organisation works to improve European History Education, offers a constructive contribution to stability and democracy in Europe, and prepares young people for society.