Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Conference “Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups”, 17-19 November 2011, Warsaw (Poland)

NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education

“Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups”, 17 - 19 November 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
Location: Fabryka Trzciny Art Centre, ul. Otwocka 14, 03-759 Warsaw (www.fabrykatrzciny.pl)

This year's NECE conference focuses on the complex changes regarding civic participation in Europe and its effects on socially disadvantaged groups. On the one hand citizens tend to refrain from traditional political participation, which is reflected by decreasing turnout rates in elections and a general disenchantment with politics. On the other hand a rising number of new ways of getting involved in politics and society i.e. using new media have emerged and gained importance.

However, these new forms of political involvement are to a large extent determined by the access to education, by income and skills. Groups with no access to these resources remain widely excluded from participation in civil society and political processes. Socially disadvantaged groups with poor educational opportunities suffer from a conspicuous ‘empowerment gap’.

By bringing together multipliers in the fields of citizenship and cultural education, youth and social workers, NGO representatives and experts from a wide range of academic disciplines this conference seeks to discuss the role of citizenship education in this context. Is citizenship education the suitable tool that could contribute to close the empowerment gap? Conference contributions will include theoretical and practical approaches from all over Europe. In schools and out-of-school or informal learning environments will be taken into consideration.

The current conference programme is available at the NECE website http://www.nece.eu/
The conference language is English (without translation).

There is a participation fee: participation in the whole conference € 50,-; reduced fee for students € 25,-; daily guests € 20,-.
Since the number of conference participants is limited, we ask you to register as soon as possible at: http://conf.lab-concepts.de/nece
The organisers will not cover accommodation and travel costs!

For more information on accommodation and travel arrangements in Warsaw, please visit the NECE website: http://www.nece.eu/. Here you may also find further information about the NECE initiative promoted by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:
lab concepts GmbH
Agathe Dziuk
Phone: +49 (0)228 2498 114/ Fax: +49 (0)228 2498 111

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Teacher education for change - The theory behind the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme (Pestalozzi series n°1)

Teacher education for change - The theory behind the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme (Pestalozzi series n°1) (24/05/2011)

What is the main role for teachers today? Why is the Council of Europe dealing with education, and teacher education in particular? How is educational thinking guided by visions of a future society desirable for all? How, in the midst of a fierce battle for curriculum time, can education for human rights, democracy and mutual understanding be embedded in the existing curricula? What are the values underlying our educational visions? The aim of this publication is to offer a few answers to these and many other questions. Above all, its purpose is to contribute to the ongoing debate, more necessary than ever, on the role of teachers and teacher education in the broader context of teaching and learning for a sustainable democratic society.
Author(s) :

Josef Huber & Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard (editors)

ISBN : 978-92-871-7020-0
Format : 16 x 24
No. of pages : 151
Price : 39 €/ 78 $
+ 10% postage

To place an order directly http://book.coe.int/sysmodules/RBS_page/admin/redirect.php?id=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2619

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Evaluating Human Rights Training Activities: A Handbook for Human Rights Educators

EQUITAS-The International Centre for Human Rights Education and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have jointly published "Evaluating Human Rights Training Activities: A Handbook for Human Rights Educators". The Handbook aims at strengthening the evaluation of human rights education/training (HRE) activities with a view to increasing their impact. It highlights relevant research and practice in educational evaluation and contains step-by-step guidance, including examples of tools and techniques, to integrate evaluation throughout the entire HRE process including design, delivery and follow-up. The Handbook is organized as follows:

Part 1 - Evaluating HRE: exploring the basics
It reviews the goals, content and process of HRE. Key concepts of educational evaluation are then introduced, as well as two models of educational evaluation that can guide human rights educators in incorporating evaluation into their HRE work.

Part 2 - Evaluating HRE: a step-by-step process
It outlines a five-step process for evaluating human rights training sessions for adult learners. This process, which includes training needs assessment, defining results, formative evaluation, end-of-training summative evaluation and impact and transfer evaluations, directly links the design of evaluation with the different phases of a training design cycle. Data analysis methods and techniques as well as different means of communicating results are also addressed.

Part 3 - Particular evaluation concerns
It looks at a number of important issues and questions that human rights educators will need to deal with when evaluating HRE activities and also provides some useful strategies for addressing them. Issues include the role of gender in evaluation, the effects of culture and language, evaluation of evaluations, and finding time and resources for evaluation.

Part 4 - Tools and techniques for evaluation in HRE
It presents a broad collection of practical tools and techniques, which can be easily adapted to suit particular needs, for the different types of evaluation - from training needs assessment to evaluating transfer and impact.

Part 5 - Useful resources for HRE evaluation
It contains a variety of resources consulted in the development of this Handbook, including print and electronic materials, and a list of relevant websites.

The Handbook, available in English, can be downloaded from the OHCHR website at the address:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/PublicationsResources/Pages/TrainingEducation.aspx  (last item, at the bottom)
and from the EQUITAS website at the address: http://equitas.org/resources/human-rights-defenders-and-educators/evaluation/

It will be made available in Spanish (September 2011) and French (December 2011) at the same addresses.

source: hr-education list: Elena Ippoliti, OHCHR and Vincenza Nazzari, EQUITAS