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Recently in the country's education, the request for inclusion of local historical studies in the school curriculum (Leontsinis, 1996, 23) was re-introduced. In the context of the teachers’ awareness of the need to renew history teaching practices in order to stimulate pupils' interest in the historical lesson, local history with its research potential overrides the traditional practices of memorizing events, dates and important figures and suggests on-the-spot research, the development of students’ skills and their conversion into small historians (Leontsinis, 1999, 40). This paper includes creative activities aimed at a) encouraging experiential learning and group co-operation in not only mono-cultural classes but for classes that are characterized with students of immigration profile, since the social interaction of both Greek and non-Greek students is an important priority of teachers (Haritos, 2009, 28- 40); and (b) the development of students’ skills such as "empathy" through targeted activities (Kokkinos, 2007, 395).


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