ERIC Number: ED261924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Teaching and Learning about Human Rights.
What a human rights course should consist of, i.e., the objectives, course content, teaching methods, and evaluation techniques, are discussed. Human rights education must foster attitudes of tolerance and respect, provide knowledge about human rights, and develop students' awareness of how to translate human rights into social and political reality. The major concepts to be taught should include rights, duties, obligations, and responsibilities. Three essential documents for teaching a human rights course are the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the European Social Charter, and the European Convention on Human Rights. Stories of individuals should also be used. Teaching methods can include teacher exposition, classroom discussion, student projects, drama and role-play, games and simulations, and practical activities. The school itself must also respect the rights of the students. Evaluation of knowledge and skills gained from a human rights course can be done through tests. The assessment of attitudes is the most difficult problem. One way is to have students monitor and review their own activities. A bibliography of further reading concludes the publication. (RM)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Hidden Curriculum, Higher Education, Resource Materials, Teaching Methods
School of Education Division, Council of Europe, 67006 Strasbourg Cedex, France (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).