Life Stories in Education Working Group

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The Life Stories in Education Working Group seeks to educate youth, teachers and the broader community about human rights, genocide, war and displacement through life stories. The group will explore the impact life stories can have on the intellectual and ethical development of learners and educators in a variety of formal and informal contexts.

The Life Stories in Education Working Group will design and develop pedagogical and instructional material and activities, provide a digital memory bank by inviting online submissions of Montrealers’ stories of war and displacement, and encourage people to share their stories within educational settings. In so doing, the group will explore ways to ensure that the stories will be given back to the communities and the greater public through means of digital media and online community space. How might students work with stories? How do community storytellers share communal stories within educational settings? In what ways might these life stories enrich the Quebec high school curriculum by integrating these stories into teacher training and ongoing professional development?

Our Projects

The cornerstone of the Education Working Group's research plan is to provide support towards the development of pedagogical materials, based on project-wide consultation and collaborations.  The Education Working Group will encourage all project members to think about the educational applications of their research. Curriculum and educational resources will be developped for Quebec secondary schools.

Literature Review on Genocide Pedagogies and Curricula 1980 to Present prepared by Liz Airton.doc687.5 KB
Rapport Le regard d'étudiants en formation des maîtres.pdf7.34 MB

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Life Story Interviewing: Survivor Testimony in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education
A research initiative is being led by Steven High of the Concordia History Department to examine the educational role of survivor testimonials in three educational contexts: human rights education, community groups and school classrooms. This initiative will make use of a combination of sources including: textual records related to past educational activities of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC), the International Centre for Human Rights Education-EQUITAS, Montreal school boards, and others; existing interviews conducted by the MHMC; and 20 new life story interviews with survivors and other educators in the Montreal area.

Academic Publication
Research results will be shared with scholars and diverse publics through a panel organized at the Cultural Studies Association of Canada conference to be held at McGill in the fall of 2009 and other conferences, as well as through journal publications.

Conference Organizing
An international colloquium will be organized on “Teaching Genocide”.

Curriculum Development
Curriculum development is being conducted through courses taught at the McGill University Faculty of Education by Bronwen Low and by Emmanuelle Sonntag from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC). Workshops will be held during Holocaust Education Week, as well as during International Day for Life Stories. As a culmination of this process, Summer Institutes will be organized, geared towards secondary school teachers and human rights educators, emphasizing practical outcomes and intercultural learning.

Literature Review on Genocide Pedagogies and Curricula: 1980-Present,
by Liz Airton, July – December, 2009