In October 2012, The Centre in collaboration with the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies.
And the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, organized a workshop on “Historical Thinking: An Approach for Teaching History in Conflict Areas-Lessons from the Greek Cypriot – Turkish Cypriot Experience”
Historical Thinking seeks to develop students who are competent as historical thinkers. By thinking historically, the student can critically discuss with others the causes and consequences, change and continuity, interpretation, significance, differences and similarities and chronological understanding of historical incident. The workshop explored the following questions: how can we, as educators, transform our history education classrooms to encourage students to think historically? What challenges do we face and how can we address them?
The workshop was attended by several historians and academics interested in teaching history in Lebanon. Participants had the opportunity to work in groups exercising what does it means to implementing a history lesson that focuses on historical thinking. They were also invited to discuss possibilities and challenges of adopting historical thinking as an approach for learning and teaching history in Lebanon. Rana Zincir Celal, Dr Chara Makriyianni and Dr Meltem Onurkan Samani – represented the “Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot educators and historians” AHDR -shared their experience in shifting towards historical thinking in various dimensions of history.