Today’s information society has recognized the demand from the generation of digital natives that disseminating information through moving pictures should play a more significant role in education. In the present project, our research team argues that, where it is possible and where it is justified, digital materials should be incorporated into the teaching of history. An array of studies conclude that the historical memory living on in families is fading away, partly as a result of less and less time spent talking in the family, and partly due to the isolation caused by individualization and the change in civilization eras caused by globalization. These facts are also underlined by the subjects themselves of the three thematic units being developed in the course of the program (the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence), which belong to the unspoken, unprocessed events of today’s Hungarian society. However, due to modern technology, the sources of oral history regarding these three topics can be built into educational contents in an effective and methodologically justified way. During the realization of the program, the research team conducts qualitative studies among teachers, quantitative studies among students, and develops teaching materials in the above three topics. We are also to examine how effectively the materials work – both in primary and secondary education – and what effect they have on students’ attitudes and thinking. The research team sets out to disseminate the educational experiences and research findings internationally, and ensure free access to the professional materials developed in the course of the program.
The page of the research team on the MTA website: http://mta.hu/tantargy-pedagogiai-kutatasi-program/mtaszte-elbeszelt-tortenelem-es-tortenelemtanitas-kutatocsoport-107238
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