March 24, 2011

History Education: a lesson from Lebanon and to Lebanon’, Presentation of the study

The CLS research team presented the findings of their study of history education in Lebanon. The research findings were presented at a conference organised by the Lebanese Association for Educational Research entitled ‘History Education: a lesson from Lebanon and to Lebanon’ which took place on the 24th and 25th of March in Rivera Hotel, Beirut. The team consisting of Dr Maha Shuayb, Nisrine Makouk, Dr Bassel Akar and Walid Hashisho delivered a presentation entitled: ‘History Education in Lebanon: from brainwashing and pacifying to empowering students’. The team carried out a comparative study which examined the impact of two different approaches to teaching history: the first emphasizes a content knowledge and didactic approach to history teaching and is practiced in the majority of Lebanese schools. The second approach adopts an inquiry and skills based approach to learning history. The comparative study examined the impact of these two approaches on students’ motivation, engagement, perception to history education, and ability to develop their analytical skills.

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