EHISTO project: European history crossroads as pathways to intercultural and media education


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

EHISTO (European history crossroads as pathways to intercultural and media education) project was concerned with the mediation of history in popular (science) media. It deals with the question of social and political responsibility of journalists and other mediators of history in the field of commercial presentation of history. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Monitoring history education in Europe

The project aim was to establish intercultural and media-critical competence within the civic and history education in Europe by using multi-perspective and transnational historical topics (European History Crossroads). The subject matter to be analysed was commercial mass media, especially popular history magazines, which often emphasize one-sided national narratives.

Using examples of popular history magazines the project developed the necessary basic research, didactically reflected materials for both history education in school as well as initial and in-service teacher training. On one hand this enabled a media-critical examination of history magazines and on the other hand by working with the history magazines. The project addressed itself to popular interpretations of history from the participating countries and reflects their similarities and differences in European cultures of remembrance. Therefore, this approach not only trained media-critical competences but furthermore enabled a multi-perspective and comparative access to history.

A historical media education concept

The project even went beyond its aims by trying to close the gap between the historical images formed in school and those formed outside. This would give pupils further competences in analysing and assessing this phenomenon. EHISTO therefore developed and tested the innovative concept of a transnational and multi-perspective "historical media education", which strives to close the observed gap between the scholastically conveyed conception of history and the history culture outside the school walls. The aim was to integrate this training content (comparing history presentation in national commercial mass media, the combination of media-critical and intercultural competence) into schools as well as initial and in-service teacher training.

A closely linked cooperation between researchers and practitioners was the key to success. In this way, innovative, pioneering and necessary research results, Learning Objects, modules and handbooks for in-service and initial-teacher trainings could be designed and were used after the project lifetime.

European Crossroad project

Project partners

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Department of History Didactics, University of Augsburg


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