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EDiTE Lisbon Team Launching BA Module „Educational Issues in Europe”

EDiTE Lisbon team embarked on a new mission this term: introducing a wide array of European perspectives, issues and research topics in the University of Lisbon’s Bachelor programme in Education and Administration. Although long-term courses are usually held only in Portuguese at IEUL, EDiTE Lisbon team established the very first English-language course in the BA programme. The aim of the course is to open up topics in European education for higher education students that both reflect EDiTE research and respond to the needs of university students. The seminars are going to be held by several EDiTE researchers and provide glimpses into different current European topics, so that later on students themselves can decide which area to look into more profoundly. The proposed topics will touch on prescriptive teacher training, initial teacher education, elementary school teaching, active learning in higher education, as well as issues of equity, inclusion, democratic citizenship and multuculturalism in education; lectured by EDiTE members Luís Tinoca, Inés Alves, Lucie Bucharová, Ezra Howard, Shaima Muhammad, Wanderson Oliveira, Sofia Sá and Nikolett Szelei.

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The Challenges of Teaching About Bias, Prejudice, Intolerance and Antisemitism

On 21-22 November OSCE/ODIHR organized a meeting in Lisbon, bringing together experts of teacher education, teachers and community members to discuss the challenges of teaching about bias, prejudice, intolerance and antisemitism. The representatives of the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon were Professor Florbela de Sousa and EDiTE researcher Nikolett Szelei.

The meeting was part of the “Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism” OSCE/ODIHR project that aims at preventing and responding to antisemitism in the sectors of security, education and coalition building. The meeting focused on education and classroom practices, taking into account the realities of pre- and in-service teachers in order to map out the challenges they encounter when addressing antisemitism, as well as to understand the possible underlying reasons of the absence of such initiatives in schools. The participants reflected on keynote speeches on the topics of bias, prejudice and antisemitism from the perspectives of teacher education, school programmes and neuroscience; and were involved in collaborative group work sessions and roundtable conversations sharing their points of view and voicing the realities of pre-, primary- and secondary classrooms; as well as pre-service teacher education. Moreover, the participants elaborated on a possible framework curricula for teaching about bias, prejudice and antisemitism and provided feedback on teaching resources, bringing in diverse experiences and national perspectives. Collaborative work between policy makers, academia and practitioners is essential when developing and implementing educational programmes, a core principle that EDiTE shares with the Words into Action project. Read more about the meeting here.