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Cross-Disciplinary Axis 1 : Educational Policies, Teaching Practices and Social Interactions in Muslim Societies in Europe and the Arab World

Team Leaders : Juliette Honvault et Christine Mussard.

Contributors : Mounira Chariet , Aurélia Dusserre, Irene Gonzalez, Juliette Honvault, Françoise Lorcerie, Christine Mussard, Chloé Pellegrini (LAMES), Camille Rhoné-Quer, Iris Seri-Hersch, François Siino, Annalaura Turiano.

This axis is an invitation to explore new themes around the ways in which knowledge is shared and learned both in the Arab-Muslim space, and among populations originally from the region who live as minorities. Educational policies, teaching practices, didactic methods, the material that is prescribed, taught, and actually understood, as well as the places, conditions and actors of sharing/learning processes, are taken with the specificity of this region.

Two units, dedicated to training and to research, form the basis for this axis :

  • The first aims to identify and to take into account the needs of the education community of the Aix-Marseille education authority, and more specifically of secondary-education teachers. Changes in teaching curricula and the current context have generated training needs that the laboratory’s expertise attempts to tackle. A partnership has been established between the state teacher training institute (Ecole Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Education, ESPE), the History and Geography Teachers’ Association (APHG), the Local Education Authority and IREMAM with the aim of organising dedicated training sessions.

  • The second, based around a monthly research seminar, brings together the projects of researchers from different IREMAM research teams that deal with education (Contemporary Social Sciences, History and Islamic Studies, Languages, Literature and Linguistics). The research questions tackled at the seminar draw from the findings of recent historiography, but also from the needs of the teaching academy community as they come. “Putting schools to the test” is the theme selected for this year (2017-2018). Our research will look at education in the context of crises, wars, and sudden changes.