The Time Travel method, an experiential way of Learning
The Time Travel method, an experiential way of Learning
Experiencing Time Travel with Captain Jason at the Black Sea
What is the Time Travel method?
The Time Travel method is an educational method, using local heritage in a learning process, to create reflection on contemporary issues, and provide tools for community building. The goal is to promote learning, social cohesion and contribute to community building.
The Time Travel method is a modern way of learning, both experiential (theoretical and practical) and relational, (you learn together with others). It is an advantage if several subjects are included, both natural and social sciences. A local historical site and story is used, but the focus is on contemporary issues (for instance environment, democracy, gender, violence, migration) and finding solutions for the future. Use the past in creating the future. Time Travels are often organized together: a school, the local community and sometimes a museum.
The Time Travel method is addressing several key competences for individuals: Learning to learn, Communication in mother tongue and foreign language, Mathematical competence, science and technology, Social and civic competence, Initiative and entrepreneurship, Cultural awareness and expression. Important is critical thinking, listening, reflection and finding common solutions.
The Time Travel method also addresses several key competences for educators in a profound manner:
- Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes: Time Travel is an experiential learning method, the individuals involved in the Time Travel method directly benefits from the process and the educators role is to facilitate this group learning process.
- Designing educational programmes: During this training activity, the participants will gain new skills to design and develop educational programmes on contemporary issues, using historical sites and several subjects.
- Cooperating successfully in teams: As the Time Travel method depends on group work and co-develop process with the other involved team members, the participants will experience first-hand Time Travel program development during the training.
- Intercultural competence & Being civically engaged: The participants will gain experience a cooperation with different stakeholders such as community, the other team members from different countries and experience a different cultural / historical process during this course.
The Time Travel method has been practiced by schools and communities for more than 30 years in Sweden. Both primary and secondary schools, as well as adult education and museums, use it for learning and reflection. Often social sciences are connected to STEM subjects in the Time Travel programs. The Time Travel method is practiced in more than 15 countries around the world, for instance Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Turkey. In Turkey Time Travels have been organized for about ten years with schools and adults both in Izmir/ Manisa and Giresun/ Ordu.
Bridging Ages, International Organization in Applied Heritage and Time Travels
Local organizer is the Bridging Ages in Turkey: Goperatif, Black Sea Ecological Development Association
Bridging Ages is the international organization coordinating the Time Travel work in the countries where it is practised. In many countries, there are also regional/ national Bridging Ages organizations.
Goal of the course
The participants/ educators
• will understand the Time Travel method and its’ benefits for learning and development in school and community.
• have knowledge on how the Time Travel method is used to develop learning and key competences
• are able to plan, prepare and lead a Time Travel program at the own school/ institution/ community.
• have an increased awareness of cooperation between different stakeholders in school and adult education, for instance with local community and museums
The course will also create a space for networking among educators working in the field of adult and school education
Educators in any subject in primary schools, secondary schools, adult education, universities, and museums. Minimum 15, maximum 40 people, preferably 2-3 from each institution.
This course includes one week of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, theoretically and practically, on the Time Travel method and its’ benefits on learning and community development. The participants will actively experience one Time Travel event. The second week is focused on the Bridging Ages international conference, where the participants will meet with people from many countries that practice the Time Travel method, and have a chance to discuss a variety of issues on learning and the Time Travel method. They will also lead some activities in the conference prepared the week before. As a final task, the participants will make a plan of a Time Travel program at their own school and community. They decide themselves what age-group, subjects and topics they want to focus on. It is expected that the Time Travel program is locally implemented after the course.
10 Oct, Su
11 Oct, Mo
Presentation of participants. Introduction
Expectations. Purpose of the training/ outcomes.
Challenges and needs in school/ in society? Use of heritage today?
The Time Travel method. Definition, examples
Five principles. Site and Story. Research. Contemporary issues. Partners. Dialogue
Prepare the Time Travel event for the following day, Cape Iason. Process, event. Research. Story (drama). Key questions. Role cards
12 Oct, Tu
Time Travel event, Cape Iason at the Black Sea, “diversity and cohesion”
Evaluation. Role of leaders, facilitator, activity leaders
The Time Travel method, repeat shortly
Time Travel and Learning. Pedagogical theory. Site and story. Process – Event - Follow-up Curriculum. Subjects
13 Oct, Wed
Bridging Ages, Time Travels in Turkey, in other countries
Time Travel and Community involvement. Connect Schools and local communities
Role of museums/ heritage organizations in learning
In-depth lecture on-line, how to use Time Travel for STEM, especially Mathematics education
Find own site and story (in groups). Curriculum. Subjects. Topic. Story. Key questions. Process and event.
14 Oct, Th
(Short Time Travel at another site? to the future?)
Work on the own Time Travel program (in groups), see above. Process-event. Props
In-depth lecture on-line, Time Travel and key competences
15 Oct, Fr
Each group presents the own Time Travel program
Prepare for the following week
16 Oct, Sa
Individual/ group studies
17 Oct, Su
Individual/ group studies
18 Oct, Mo
Prepare Conference Time Travel event. Make role cards
19 Oct, Tu
Bridging Ages conference, day 1
20 Oct, We
Bridging Ages conference, day 2
Time Travel event (course delegates are leaders of activities etc)
22 Oct, Th
Bridging Ages conference, day 3
22 Oct, Fr
Am Conclusion, evaluation.
Each group presents a plan for the implementation of a Time Travel program at the own school/ organization.
Participants hand over a written Time Travel program at the own school and a plan for the implementation.
At the end of the course the participants:
• have basic knowledge of the Time Travel method, process and event.
• have knowledge and skills to implement a Time Travel program: process, event, follow-up
• are able to plan and lead a Time Travel program at the own school, institution, community.
• are able to establish the Time Travel method in the own school/ organization.
• have an understanding of the experiential and relational learning process in the Time Travel method in school, community and museum
• understand how the Time Travel method is used in various subjects, social and natural sciences, STEM, art etc
• understand how the Time Travel method is used to improve key competences
• have an understanding of the role of heritage in today’s society and for creating the future
• have perspectives on research within Applied Heritage and the Time Travel method.
• have a network of persons within Bridging Ages and the Time Travel method.
Experiential learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting, and may include internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research, and service-learning projects.
Relational learning is a way of being with learners, teachers, lecturers from different backgrounds who learn from each other through the sharing of ideas and together create learning. Relational learning involves dialogue about learning. The relational learning process leans itself to the active process of co-constructing knowledge not only in the classroom but outside as well.
Ebbe Westergren et al. 2018. Guidelines for Time Travels with schools. Kalmar läns museum. 24 pages
Ebbe Westergren, Fatma Özdal. Okullar İçin Zaman Yolculuğu Rehberi. 24 pages
Ebbe Westergren, Gustav Wollentz (eds) 2018. The Time Travel Method – In the service of Society and Its Development, 96 pages.
Lena Westergren and Berit Roos Johansson, eds 2016. Tools in Life. Mathematics in the Historic Environment. Linnaeus University press. 78 pages
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