Georg Arnhold International Summer School

Human Rights Education in Secondary School Settings: Theories, Practices, and Teacher Training

The Georg Eckert Institute and Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City are jointly organizing the third Georg Arnhold International Summer School, which will critically explore theories and practices of human rights education (HRE) at the secondary school level. It will take place at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig from July 25 to 30, 2016.

The Summer School will look back at the evolution of HRE aims and approaches as they pertain to secondary school environments, with discussions on critical approaches and pedagogies, curriculum policies, teaching and learning resources, educator preparation, non-formal programming in schools, and evidence of impact. The Summer School invites participants to “look forward” on topics such as the place of HRE within a larger critique of the human rights framework, the roles of state and non-state actors in delivering HRE, and the challenges and potentialities offered by the use of traditional and nontraditional educational media and curricula. The Georg Arnhold Program has a special interest in post-conflict and transitional societies.

The following four sets of issues (see the Call for Papers for more information and relevant research questions) will be at the heart of the Summer School:

  • HRE Pedagogies and the Challenges of Human Rights
  • HRE Policies and Teaching Practices
  • Traditional and Nontraditional Learning Tools
  • Teacher Preparation and Training in HRE

The week-long Summer School will bring together early-career scholars, senior researchers, and practitioners interested in the field of human rights education from around the world. It will provide an interdisciplinary and international forum that will allow participants to debate and critically reflect upon key research questions, methods, findings, and their implications. The academic program will include interactive lectures and workshops by renowned experts, offering participants the opportunity to widen their research perspectives and improve their methodological competencies. The working language of the Summer School is English. No registration fees apply. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all participants, and economy-class travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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Martina Schulze

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