The Structures and Standards of Initial Training for History Teachers in Europe – a comparative study (2003-2006)
The proposed study aims at comparing the tenets, structures and standards of initial training for history teachers in Europe.
History teaching plays an important role in acquiring historical consciousness and social skills at all levels of education. This study will provide a basis for the discussion on structures and standards of initial training for history teachers. It aims at involving experts from different European countries including the new member states of the European Union to work on a questionnaire which will be elaborated to investigate crucial data about training institutions, teacher trainers, students, curricula, the professional profiles, forms of academic, didactic and practical training, job opportunities and the reputation of the job.
The project group will produce a comparative study published in printed version and on a web-portal. Results will be disseminated in the framework of the Council of Europe, EUROCLIO, and by a new eJournal of history didactics.
Resulting recommendations go to international organisations in education, to ministries of education and to teacher training institutions.
As a by-product the study aims at developing a network of persons in charge of educational management as well as teacher trainers who in future will participate in establishing adequate European standards in initial training for history teachers.
Project partners: Council of Europe, Euroclio, Research institutes in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, as well as experts from Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.
Project coordinator: ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Alois Ecker, University of Vienna, Austria.