Leaving their ivory towers: Academics meet politicians

Promoting dialogue between the worlds of politics and academia – this is one of the maxims of the Leibniz Association. The ‘Leibniz in state parliament’ event is to become a regular, long-term part of a larger scheme to promote the mutual exchange of ideas. On 23 and 24 October 2018 academics from Leibniz institutions based in Lower Saxony will meet with members of the state parliament. Read more

The Georg Arnhold Program

‘Learning to Disagree’ – respondents sought for questionnaire

How do history teachers approach controversial topics in their classrooms? Dr Barbara Christophe and Dr Maren Tribukait are investigating the challenges faced by teachers and asking what kind of support they feel they need in order to encourage a constructive culture of discussion in their lessons. If you teach history, we would appreciate your participation in our survey. Read more

Textbooks as a Mission: The History of the Georg Eckert Institute

The new publication ‘Schulbuch als Mission: Geschichte des Georg-Eckert-Instituts’ (Textbooks as a Mission: The History of the Georg Eckert Institute) by Prof. Eckhardt Fuchs, Dr Steffen Sammler and Kathrin Henne will be launched on 24 October 2018 at 6pm in the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig. There will then be a discussion (in German) on the subject of ‘Quo vadis textbook revision?... Read more

The persistence of anti-Semitic sentiment in textbooks

Dr Dirk Sadowski, a research fellow at the GEI was among those interviewed for an article by Spiegel Online regarding the criticism levelled at German textbooks by Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Read more

German teaching union calls for 118 billion euros for schools

The German teaching union has calculated that 118 billion euros need to be invested in German schools over the next ten years in order to solve numerous problems such as a shortage of teachers, dilapidated buildings and out-of-date technology.

Union president Heinz-Peter Meidinger fears that without such investment schools will fall further behind and that problems in the education system …

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Europe and Educational Media

The International Society for Historical and Systematic Research on Textbooks and Educational Media e.V (IGSBi) held its annual conference, titled Europe and Educational Media, on 6 and 7 October in Brixen, Italy. The Georg Eckert Institute hosted its own panel discussing ‘European bi- and multilateral textbook work – past and present'. Read more