Let’s educate youth about migration processes through innovative teaching tools from Slovenia

Authors: Mojca Ilc Klun*,
Topics: Geography Education, Migration, Population Geography
Keywords: migration, Slovenia, teaching tools, education, geography education
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Migration-related topics are becoming an important part of our everyday lives. The number of international migrants is growing rapidly, reaching 258 million in 2017. Migration related topics became also an important part of different international documents like Agenda 2030. On the other hand, the question how well migration-related topics are included into educational systems arise. Studies from Slovenia (2015-2017) showed that the topic about global and Slovenian migration is almost excluded from curricular documents, that pupils have a little or no knowledge about global and Slovenian migration processes, and that they build up their “knowledge” about migration-related topics through social media. There is a need that topics about migration are appropriately included into educational system of each country, that we should educate young people about different aspects of migration processes, meaning causes and consequences of migration processes, acceptance of cultural, religious, linguistic and other diversities in order to develop positive intercultural dialogue. Within our research we developed two teaching tools for teaching about migration related topics. The first is a book of real life stories of Slovenian diaspora, which was developed by biographic narrative interpretive methodological approach, while the second is an innovative didactical board game. Nevertheless both teaching tools were developed for Slovenian educational system, they can be adopted and used in other educational systems. The results from the research show that pupils are motivated when learning about migration through both teaching tools, and that both teaching tools help them to better understand global and Slovenian migration related topics.

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