With the publication of the second handbook Cultuur2.
Cultuuronderwijs in het voortgezet onderwijs (2019) the project Culture in the Mirror: towards a continuous curriculum in cultural education has been completed. Project Culture in the Mirror was a ten-year research project conducted by the Culture and Cognition chair and the SLO (National Center for Curriculum Development), in collaboration with 14 pilot schools for primary and secondary education.
The project was funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Flemish Ministry of Education, the VSBFonds, Fonds21 (formerly SNS REAAL Fonds), and the Cultural Participation Fund.
It was the first time that a large-scale scientific study on the continuous curriculum for cultural education was conducted in the Netherlands. The aim was to develop and implement a theoretical framework for a continuing education curriculum - initially in the Netherlands (2009), later also in Flanders (2012).
In addition to four dissertations and many publications, the project has produced two handbooks that can serve as tools for teachers in primary and secondary education:
· Heusden, B. van, Rass, A., Tans, J. (2016). Cultuur2. Basis voor cultuuronderwijs. Assen: Van Gorcum.
· Heusden, B. van, Rass, A., Tans, J. (2019). Cultuur2. Cultuuronderwijs in het voortgezet onderwijs. Groningen: University of Groningen Press.
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