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Strategies for Inclusion – Making high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Strategies for Inclusion – Making high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible” connects practice to policy across countries, sectors and disciplines to provide solutions to address the challenge of inclusion in history and heritage education. The project will be implemented in a collaboratively in a cross-border and practice-based approach. Capacity building, dissemination, impact and sustainability are planned throughout the project, as well as targeted through training activities and multiplier events. This project addresses three challenges: - There is not enough attention given to the learning of students with special needs for specific subjects (e.g. history and citizenship), most of the research on special needs and inclusive education is general. - The disciplinary and pedagogical apparatus in history and citizenship education do not usually equip teachers to teach diverse classes, including students with special needs. - There is no specific platform for history and citizenship educators to share experience in teaching students with special needs and access relevant resources. Profile of the participants: Over 12.000+ participants, including educators, policy makers, civil society actors and researchers will participate in various degrees, with a core of 20 history and heritage educators working together to realise these aims. Core activities of the project are: - The assessment of needs through surveys, focus groups and interviews. - The collection of practices in agreed format on how history and citizenship education is currently taught in practice to diverse classes, including students with special needs during school visits. - The collaborative development of inclusive educational resources that help students to think historically and acquire civic competences and testing of these resources in practices in diverse classes, including students with special needs. - Transnational project meetings to plan and monitor the project and share experiences with colleagues. - The organisation and implementation of multiplier events to disseminate the project results and build capacities. The project explores a variety of methods and strategies that are now used in history and citizenship education (such as language-sensitive learning, collaborative learning, visual-oriented learning, scaffolding, making connections to personal experiences, and adapting to different learning styles) through training, peer-learning and collaborative work. Jointly developed learning resources will be tested in practices in diverse classes including those with students that have special needs. The project will result in the following outputs: - A selection of existing recommendations on inclusive education in general relevant for the subjects of history and citizenship (on classroom environment, teacher training, ICT-based learning, etc.) - A needs assessment to identify what is needed to make high quality history and citizenship education (more) inclusive and accessible. - A collection of practices on how history and citizenship education is currently taught in practice to diverse classes, including students with special needs. - (Multilingual) exemplar educational resources that are designed to teach history and citizenship to diverse classes, including students with special needs students with certain types of special needs, including (1) Ready to use learning activities and (2) Teachers guidance on the implementation of strategies for inclusion. - A policy recommendation on inclusive education with a specific focus on history and citizenship education (based on the findings of the project). In terms of impact, the project will: - Change the way in which special needs are addressed in the teaching and learning of history by identifying good practice and recommending the way forward. - Impact policy making on a European and in some cases national levels with practice-based evidence and impact practice by supplying and training educators with jointly developed and tested ready-to-use educational resources. - Raise awareness among practitioners, researchers, civil society actors and policy makers alike on the need to address new challenges ahead by timely and concise dissemination. In terms of long term benefits: - The project will generate long term benefits for the European community of history and heritage educators and researchers, special needs educators and researchers and a wide cluster of civil society actors by a consortium committed to sustain the impact and deepen the scope in the post-project period. - Pupils across Europe, with special needs, will be able to enjoy access and quality in the development of key competences through the innovations foreseen in the project for the field of history and heritage education.
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