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Алтернативните образователни методи и ролята на етнолога в тях по примера на един проект в село Аспарухово
Alternative Educational Techniques and the Role of the Ethnologist Played

Following the model of a school project in the village of Asparuhovo, Bulgaria

Author(s): Svoboda Stoeva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Higher Education
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: school system; education; generations
Summary/Abstract: This paper describes some methods and ideas that could lead to a better understanding of the “other” and the “otherness” if applied in the school system. The fiеld is a school project from 2012 named “Asparuhovo – Future for the Folklore World”. Almost every year since 2008, children from the National High School for Humanitarian Sciences and Arts “Konstantin Preslavski” (city of Varna) visit Asparuhovo. The main idea of the project is to create a bridge between generations and cultures. Every year the children have specific topics, ideas and aims during their stay there. Most of them are related to traditional problems of Ethnology, such as “how to understand others and the values of otherness?”, “how to communicate with people that are very different from us?”, “how to gather information, how to analyze and realize it?” etc. M.A. students from the Ethnology department of the University of Plovdiv have been invited to help the participants in the project. This article describes the approach that we, in our role as “trainers” use to give the children a better understanding of different problems in the field.