Project Information

Audio-visual Memory Collection

Project ID: SROP-3.2.9-08/1/A-2009-0002
Amount: 549 804 734 Ft

The project aims to facilitate the methodological renewal of history teaching by producing videos of historical interviews, to contribute to the development of the key competencies in learning history through the applied methodology of producing the interviews themselves, and to indirectly strengthen social (inter-generational) cohesion.

The project, in its roots, has the twofold objective to train secondary school history teachers providing them the necessary conditions, and to create a new methodology to accept and interpret 20th Century Hungarian history by taking into account the new perceptional habits of the given age-group.

In recent years, competency-based teaching gained more and more weigh in Hungarian education, until finally, the executive order on the publishing and enforcing the National Framework of Education (243/2003, 12 December) had explicitly portrayed those key competencies whose development is indispensable in laying the ground for lifelong learning, for flexible response to changes, and for affecting those changes.

The post-1945 period is relatively disregarded in the Hungarian history curriculum, and it is not easy to process these materials with "traditional" methods of teaching, given the different narratives of the teaching material. Teaching post-1945 history has a low efficiency and doubtful results. The very sad indicators of astonishing fallacies and serious lack of knowledge concerning the period are well-known (including the years following the Revolution of 1956, the retaliation, the years of consolidation, soft dictatorship and the transition). The situation is bound to change, since the social skills of a student come alive mostly if based on contemporary history.

Audio-visual memory collection, based on oral history methodology, with the ability to get integrated into history teaching, and the display of these interviews on the web does not only draw attention to the recent past historical era still within reach through family members and acquaintances, but positively contribute to widening the methods of history teaching, thus to developing students' competencies.

Therefore the project aims to facilitate a methodological renewal of history teaching by producing videos of historical interviews, to contribute to the development of the key competencies in learning history through the applied methodology of producing the interviews themselves, and to indirectly strengthen social (inter-generational) cohesion.

During the implementation of the project teacher training program will take place, involving at least 200, at most 400 teachers and at least 500 students from the total 200–250 secondary schools of the country. Regarding the methodological results, the immediate target group consists of 1500 person, and it scales up to 4,500 to 5,000 if the class number is taken as a reference. The area involved is nationwide, territorially not representative.

During this process, teachers can attain through the supporting system (mentoring, trainings) a new set of knowledge on methodology, which makes the teaching of modern history more efficient and proficient.

In this framework, making interviews is not a purpose on its own but an important element of learning history and getting to know our society and ourselves.

Name and Contact of Beneficiary
Közép- és Kelet-Európai Történelem és Társadalom Kutatásáért Közalapítvány
(Institute for Research on East and Central European History and Society)
1122 Budapest, Határőr út 35.

Name and Contact of Contributory Institution:
ESZA Társadalmi Szolgáltató Nonprofit Kft.
Cím: 1134 Budapest, Váci út 45. "C" épület