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Education Research

Multi-Year Work Plan on Education Research

How is the Holocaust taught in schools? How do students make sense of this challenging subject? How are people affected by visits to Holocaust memorial sites?

Empirical research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust that tackles these and other questions has grown rapidly over the past fifteen years, a period marked by the professionalization and expansion of the field. In 2013, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) decided to carry out a study to establish a picture of this emerging field of research. A multilingual expert team mandated to collect and review research in fifteen languages identified nearly 400 studies resulting in more than 600 publications. Three years of work resulted in the book "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders" (expected March 2017), which carries the field beyond anecdotal reflections and moral arguments.

This systematic review includes research conducted in most IHRA Member Countries as well as several non-member countries. The multilingual focus of the project enables cross-cultural analyses and the transfer of knowledge between various regions and countries. The book’s two parts present the research first by language and then by selected themes. This innovative transnational, trans-lingual study reflects IHRA’s core mission: to shape and advance teaching and learning about the Holocaust worldwide.

Project Results

  • Executive Summary of the Education Research Project
  • Concrete recommendations for various stakeholders on how to strenghten teaching and learning about the Holocaust.  Stakeholders include educational policymakers, university departments, teacher-training institutions and research-funding organizations, funding organizaitons, and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance itself.
  • A final conference to discuss and present the results of the education research project was held at the PH Luzern University of Teacher Education from 15-16 February 2016. The conference was organised by Monique Eckmann, Chair of IHRA's Steering Committee on Education Research and Peter Gautschi, Professor of History Didactics at the PH Luzern. Read the conference report here. Watch a number of the keynote addresses from the conference on our Youtube Channel and view pictures of the conference here.

Steering Committee on Education Research:

  • Monique Eckmann (Chair) - Switzerland
  • Cecilie Stockholm-Banke - Denmark
  • Deborah Dwork - United States of America
  • Wolf Kaiser - Germany
  • Eyal Kaminka - Israel
  • Paul Salmons - United Kingdom