Project for the Co-ordination of Textbook Research, Development and Textbook Comparison in South Eastern Europe

Projekt zur Koordination der Schulbuchforschung,  -entwicklung und des Schulbuchvergleichs in Südosteuropa











Scholarship programme for the development of teaching materials and curricula

(in history as a school subject) in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia


The political changes in Yugoslavia anticipate an imminent revision of educational materials in both the short  and longer term. The Georg-Eckert-Institute for International Textbook Research wishes to accompany and support this process.

As part of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, the Georg-Eckert-Institute has established a scholarship  programme which, from September 2001 onwards, will concentrate on the development and implementation of new textbooks in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In Serbia, and with minor variations in Montenegro as well, the textbooks in use today were introduced during the nationalist government under Slobodan Milosevic. Especially in the field of history textbooks a critical problem lies in the fact that history writing in the recent  past has often been used to historically legitimise the nationalist policies of the Serbian political elites. The textbooks have not yet been revised, but presently also those responsible for education in the Federal Republic acknowledge the need to do so.


In co-operation with Serbian historians and educationalists, the Georg-Eckert-Institute intends to assist
° in the development of new materials for history teaching;
° in the processing of suggestions and materials for revised curricula and textbooks;
° in the preparation of textbooks and teaching materials which should meet international standards on a scientific and didactic level.

To this end, the Georg-Eckert-Institute has launched a scholarship programme as well as a process of co-operation with colleagues from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The new scholarship programme addresses potential textbook authors and curriculum planners from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The scholarship programme intends to enable (new) textbook authors to get acquainted with new approaches in the field of didactics and history over a  longer period of time, and consequently, on the basis of the gathered insights, develop new teaching materials  for secondary schools.

The holders of the scholarship will both be supported in their work by the Georg-Eckert-Institute and conduct individual research.

The scholarship programme will give authors of new history textbooks the opportunity to use the Georg Eckert Institute’s resources and to gain an overview of current developments in the didactics of their field as well as to examine textbooks from other European countries.


Experts from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia will be offered the opportunity to spend one to three months in Braunschweig. During this time they will be intensively supported by a member of the Institute’s staff who is well versed in the history of South-Eastern Europe.

During their stay in Braunschweig, holders of the scholarship will receive a grant of 1000 Euro / DM 2100 per month. Travel expenses up to the cost of a second class train fare (2nd class) will be reimbursed.

In addition to this, the scholarship programme includes the possibility to receive further support for up to six months in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.



The aim of this co-operative endeavour is to elaborate new textbook materials. The new teaching materials will be presented in a workshop and analysed by experts in the field of international textbook research. Further steps  for the implementation of the new materials in the schools will be addressed in this workshop in co-operation with the responsible authorities (approval committees, Ministry of Education).



How To Apply

Applications for the scholarship programme can be submitted as of now (September 2001). Applicants should have a degree in history and/or the didactics of history. A working knowledge of English or German is desirable.

Please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and list of publications (if applicable), in written form (by  post, e-mail or fax) to:


Sabine Rutar


für Internationale Schulbuchforschung

Celler Str. 3

38114 Braunschweig


Tel. + 49 (0)531 590 99 62

Fax + 49 (0)531 590 99 99


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