Thursday, 23 July 2015

COE: Invitation to take part in testing descriptors for Competences for Democratic Culture from July to mid-September 2015

As you know, the Council of Europe’s Education Department, in co-operation with numerous international experts, has developed a new theoretical model of Competences for Democratic Culture. The next stage in the project was to compile a bank of descriptors that would help educators assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. We would now like to invite education professionals at all levels and in all areas to take part in this project and respond to an online questionnaire to test the clarity and relevance of these descriptors.
The link below will take you to the Competences for Democratic Culture page on the Council of Europe’s Education website. There you will find a brief explanation of the project and the aim of the questionnaire as well as a link to the questionnaire itself in several languages. 
www.coe.int/competences  

As you will see in the introduction, it will take about 45 minutes to answer the questionnaire. In order to cover as many descriptors as possible there will eventually be up to 30 different questionnaires, each on 30 descriptors. Those who wish to do so are therefore welcome to fill in several questionnaires throughout the summer period. The questionnaires will be open until mid-September 2015. The results will enable us to select the most reliable descriptors for piloting in concrete learning contexts in 2016. The final full reference framework, comprising the model, descriptors and various support documents, will be published at the end of 2017.
We would also be very grateful indeed if you would send this link to your contacts and networks and encourage them to take part in this online consultation. The more responses we get, the more reliable the results of the consultation will be. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my colleague Christopher Reynolds (in copy).

source: COE 
Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation/DG Democracy
Council of Europe - Conseil de l'Europe