This project is funded by the European Union, with co-funding from the European Social Fund.
Audio-Visual Memory Collection
Project ID: TÁMOP-3.2.9-08/1/A-2009-0002
Total funding: 549 804 734 Ft.
The goal of the project is to record historical video interviews and thus, contribute to the development of core competences of history learning by supplying methodological guidelines for creating and processing oral histories, thus, strengthening cohesion between generations in society and eventually contributing to the methodological renewal of teaching history.
Essentially, the project aims to provide means of understanding and interpreting contemporary history for learners in a way that it suits the manner of perception of this particular age group and, at the same time, train secondary school history teachers methodologically and deliver the essential conditions and equipment.
Competency-based learning has recently gained ground to a great extent in the Hungarian Education system, and eventually the 243/2003. (XII. 17.) Government Decree about the issue, introduction and implementation of the National Curriculum explicitly listed those core competencies which have to be developed in order to facilitate lifelong learning and the flexibility to adapt to new challenges and to be able to influence them.
The period after 1945 is highly underrepresented in the Hungarian history syllabus and the teaching material can hardly be taught and interpreted through ‘traditional’ methods due to the different narratives and its efficiency is low. Discouraging statistics are well known about how limited and incorrect knowledge secondary school students have concerning this period (the years after 1956, the subsequent reprisal, consolidation, soft dictatorship and the regime change). Changing this situation is crucial as students’ social knowledge becomes ‘lifelike’ if it is based on contemporary event history.
Collecting audio visual memories featuring oral history and integrating it in the history syllabus and making it available online not only directs the attention of the youth and future generations to the recent memories of relations of the time, which is still available to them, but also contributes to the expansion of methods used in history teaching consequently improving core competences.
Therefore, the project aims to contribute to the development of core competences and indirectly strengthen cohesion of generations by preserving oral history in interviews and creating supplementary teaching materials and at the same time promote the renewal of the methodology of teaching history.
As part of the project, at least 500 pupils will be participating in the interviewing process and at least 200 teachers but at most 400 teachers will be trained from approximately 200-250 public educational institutions.
In terms of pedagogical and methodological aims the immediate target group consists of 1500 people, however, considering the total number of targeted secondary school classes the target audience may be approximately 4500-5000 people. The range would be countrywide, not representative in terms of regions.
In this process and through the support system (training and mentoring) teachers will acquire new methods which will enable them to make modern history teaching more efficient and effective.
In this respect, recording interviews is not an end in itself but a significant element of learning history, understanding of human nature and social skills. Moreover, a comprehensive audio-visual database of the period between 1938 and 1989.
The name and address of the Beneficiary:
The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and Eastern European History and Society
1122 Budapest, Határőr út 35.
The name and address of the Intermediate body:
Fund Management Directorate of Ministry of Education and Culture
1055 Budapest, Bihari János utca 5.