Teaching controversial issues – developing effective training for teachers and school leaders
Cyprus, Ireland, Montenegro, Spain and the United Kingdom with the support of Albania, Austria, France and Sweden
- The aim of the project was to develop effective training on teaching controversial issues and strengthen the capability and confidence of teachers and school leaders in this area within a number of Council of Europe and European Union member states and beyond.
- Scoping paper - on why teaching controversial issues in citizenship and human rights education is important and setting out the principles and processes that underpin the effective teaching of controversial issues;
- Production and piloting, of a training programme for teachers in the participating countries to ensure its relevance in different regions, countries and contexts;
- The strengthening of the capability and confidence of teachers and school leaders - for the benefit of children and young people both now and in their roles as citizens going forward;
- An international conference to share the learning and outcomes with other member states and European and international partners.
This training pack is a professional development programme for teachers which is designed to support and promote the teaching of controversial issues in European schools.
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Council of Europe
Yulia Pererva highlights the growing awareness that addressing controversial issues in school is essential for democracy and human rights, and discusses how the tools developed within this project can be of help.
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
Elena Papamichael explains how the pilot project « Teaching controversial issues – developing effective training for teachers and school leaders » has been implemented in Cyprus.