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 jointly organized 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 took place at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig from July 25 to 30, 2016.

The Summer School looked 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 invited 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) were 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 brought together early-career scholars, senior researchers, and practitioners interested in the field of human rights education from around the world. It provided an interdisciplinary and international forum that allowed participants to debate and critically reflect upon key research questions, methods, findings, and their implications. The academic program included 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 was English. No registration fees applied. Accommodation and meals were provided for all participants, and economy-class travel expenses were reimbursed.

Georg Arnhold International Summer Schools at the GEI


Wendy Anne Kopisch and Katharina Baier
Program coordinators Georg-Arnhold-Program/Publications and International Cooperation
Branch Office B0.09 and B0.03
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