The poldermodel in economics, social studies and history classes, The Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, the poldermodel (consensus decision-making) is part of the curricula for both economics and social studies. It is based on the process of reaching consensus within a group through social dialogue. This concept was integrated into lessons on the Dutch system of decision making, the history and structure of the various organizations in the poldermodel and the relationship between employers and employees. Addressed in the context of living heritage, the poldermodel also helped strengthen students’ capacity to formulate arguments. New active pedagogies were introduced, such as role-playing, making learning even more interesting and engaging for students.