Euroclio Annual Conference: Opening Keynote by Maarten Van Alstein: Dealing with polarisation and controversy in the classroom
14:15 - 15:15
Euroclio is the European Association of History Teachers. Their 27th Annual Conference will take place online from the 31st of October to the 29th of November 2020 and is themed “Controversy and disagreement in the classroom”. You can register here.
Our researcher Maarten Van Alstein will deliver the opening keynote.
Why is it important that we learn to disagree with each other? How can we teach young people
to disagree in a democratic and peaceful manner? Starting from concrete cases in classroom
practice, the keynote lecture will build on empirical research, democratic theory and insights
from conflict transformation to make a case for conceptualizing the school as a laboratory for
democracy. In this view, the school is seen as a place where students – through a wide diversity
of methods ranging from dialogue to artistic practice – can explore their differences in a