Research Meeting Kokkie van Oeveren
12.30 - 13.30
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As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one..." Designing an educational instrument for intercultural awareness
Kokkie van Oeveren
Within the curriculum for the school subjects of Greek and Latin Languages and Culture (GLLC), reflection on the self and other has been a main educational objective since the 1970s. The vast majority of classic language teachers subscribe to this objective, but the actual form and shape of implementation into the daily educational practice has failed to materialise properly, as yet. In my research project I aimed to solve the longstanding gap between the theory and the educational practice of the school subject.
I conducted an educational design study within the domain of curriculum development. Six preliminary design criteria for integrated literary education aimed at self- and other-reflection were determined on the basis of research into reading and associated instructional methods, as well as a review of the role of literary texts in the development of intercultural awareness. These design criteria I subsequently specified in terms of disciplinary content of the GLLC curriculum. This specification eventually rendered three design criteria as the basis for curriculum for GLLC literary education aimed at self- and other-reflection.
I concretised these three design criteria into a disciplinary instructional instrument whereby teachers could put the curriculum into daily practice (the ITHAKA-instrument). In collaboration with GLLC teachers, successive versions of (elements of) this instrument were tested in four development studies.
In my presentation I will explain in more detail how I conducted my research and in what way I collaborated with teachers. I will also show what the ITHAKA-instrument entails and what I have done to share my findings with as many teachers of classical languages and cultures as possible.