Being historically rigorous with creativity

Teaching History article

By Andy Lawrence, published 23rd November 2010

How can creative approaches help solve the problems inherent in teaching about genocide?

After a Fellowship in Holocaust Education at the Imperial War Museum, Andy Lawrence decided that something was missing in normal approaches to teaching emotive and controversial issues such as genocide, a deficit demonstrated by recent research by the Holocaust Education Development Programme. As part of his fellowship, Lawrence created an on-line exhibition builder, which allowed students to use their creativity to construct an exhibition, using original source material, about the Holocaust. Lawrence used his exhibition builder to demonstrate that teaching potentially difficult topics need not come at the price of creativity.

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