Multicultural Interdisciplinary Handbook: tools for learning history and geography in a multicultural perspective.
Start date: Oct 1, 2009,
Despite official educational guidelines, improved linguistic skills have been limited in all partner countries due to cuts in their national budgets. As a consequence CLIL experiences have been lessened, to the sole benefit of those involving English. Another reason for this project resides in the difficulty in modifying the guidelines of national programmes, that are often short-sighted as far as other cultures are concerned.Finally, all European reports point out the shortage of materials and ICT-based contests suitable for interdisciplinary and multicultural education in school. The MIH (Multicultural Interdisciplinary Handbook) project meets these needs by providing new tools that help teachers and pupils to plunge deeper into the culture and the language of another nation via its memorials, its history and its landscape/geography. Moreover, it intends to promote the common European identity, as it introduces a European perspective in the schools’ History and Geography programmes, which are usually confined to national borders.Its main results will be:1. A HandBook and Digital Materials, that deal with a choice of historical and geographical topics, selected among those that have had an important impact in the national imagery in the last two centuries. The final version of HB and DM will be available in all the languages of the partner countries.2. A Teacher Training Course addressed to both future and in – service teachers. The training develops the topics dealt by the handbook and explains its methodology and issues. Its objectives are:- further the development of a common European identity by having schools participate in the culture of other countries using their languages and their collective symbolic imagery;- contribute to the creation of a new generation of school HB and ICT-based contents that can support teachers involved in CLIL experiences, or who are simply interested in them;- implement digital educational contents in schools.
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