Thursday, 30 June 2011

PROJECT: VOICE. Developing citizens - Paths to core competencies through a problem-based learning project in civic education (2)

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Raise your voice and get active! This is the message which is conveyed by the title of VOICE, a Comenius multilateral project funded by the European Commission.

Lifelong learning and civic competencies are essential for each individual in modern, knowledge-based, democratic societies. As dispositions of learning-to-learn skills and active citizenship shape up in childhood and adolescence, schools can make a significant contribution to the enhancement of social and civic competencies as well as to learning-to-learn skills. The VOICE project aims to address this issue by developing problem-based learning materials for secondary school pupils and a teacher training course on skills and background knowledge for implementation of competence-oriented civic education.

VOICE has already started in January 2011 and will last two years’ time. Educational experts and practitioners from different institutions from Austria, Estonia, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey are collaborating in the VOICE project in order to contribute to improving educational practice in civic education.

Project outcomes

The project's consortium, formed by educational experts and practitioners from nine different institutions from Austria, Estonia, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey, develops

- problem-based learning modules for secondary school classes with on the topics Democracy, Europe, Human Rights and migration AND with focus on enhancement of social, civic and learning-to-learn competencies;

- a teacher trainings course featuring necessary skills and background knowledge for implementing competence-oriented civic education.

We will keep you updated on project events and outcomes.

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Elisabeth Turek
, polis – Centre for Citizenship Education, Austria (partner of the VOICE project)