EAR – Forming active European Citizens through the dialectical method and theater
Action Synergy is the coordinator of the project EAR (Forming active European Citizens through the dialectical method and theater) which aims to promote the use of the dialectic method in citizenship education in a school context.
The method, established 2.500 years ago is a very important element of the European intangible cultural heritage and promotes rational argumentation, gradual discovery of the knowledge and focuses on wider concepts and ideas (for example humanism, justice, freedom etc), fact which allows the deep understanding of fundamental values. The project is going to combine the dialectic method with theatre techniques in order to establish a safer environment in which students can express themselves more freely.
EAR project is developing a methodology based on these elements and a guidance book for teachers. Then, it is going to organise a training of teachers in order to upscale the method. The training will be organised both face to face and through e-learning with participants all over Europe. The methods are going to be practically implemented in schools and community and policy networks will be developed to sustain upscaling. Impact assessment will measure the impact of the method to school students and will form the basis for further improvements and upscaling.
Through these activities, the project aims to promote effective and constructive interaction with others, critical thinking, acting in a socially responsible manner and acting democratically.