30 novembre 2013

UIL Announces New Publication on Youth and Adult Education Concepts in Latin America

In light of the growing number of concepts in the field of youth and adult education, policy-makers and practitioners should have at their disposal a guidebook that summarizes all the major discussions in this area of study. UIL and the Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI) have taken steps in this direction with the collaborative publication “Conceptual Contributions on Youth and Adult Education: Towards the Construction of Shared Meanings in Diversity.” 
The initiative was born in a follow-up meeting to the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in 2011, and was developed in 2012 in a joint effort between specialists and programme leaders from the region. 
According to the second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE II), the diversity of concepts in the field of adult learning and education hinders the collection of comparable data, as well as the development and implementation of policies. In response to this, this policy-making tool aims to bring together shared concepts in the field, as well as to reflect the diversity of the region. More...

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Four years after: Tacking stock of progress

On the initiative of the National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE), the Republic of Korea hosted the Regional CONFINTEA VI Follow-up meeting for Asia and the Pacific on 18 – 19 October 2013, which UIL organized in cooperation with UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok.
Bringing together around 50 representatives of 20 Member States and regional stakeholders, the meeting, entitled “Four years after: Tacking stock of progress”, provided a forum to share good practices and to build capacities for developing effective policies and high-quality programmes. More...

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PIAAC: The Importance of Skills and How to Assess them

Educational Testing Service (ETS), an American non-profit organisation, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted the PIAAC Invitational Research Conference on 13–15 November 2013 in Washington DC. Some 260 researchers, experts and policymakers from 33 countries participated, including UIL Director Arne Carlsen. 
The first round of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) was conducted by the OECD in 2011–2012 and involved more than 160,000 adults aged between 16–65 in 22 OECD countries and two OECD partner countries. Nine other countries have decided to participate in the second round of the study, the results of which will be published in 2016. More...

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Study on financing the adult learning sector

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingThis study maps and analyses key data, the sources, the mechanisms of funding approaches and relevant recent developments.

Particular focus is on the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and United Kingdom as well as Norway and Switzerland as EEA countries and - in order to compare Europe’s adult learning policies with those of major competitors – the four non-European countries Australia, Canada, Korea and the USA.

Cedefop has contributed to the part of cost-sharing mechanisms, benefits of VET, work-based learning, older workers, guidance, skills demand and supply and VET policy analysis.


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Open Educational Resources and digital learning

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingThe rapid emergence and expansion of digital distance learning tools such as Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offers considerable opportunities: properly exploited, these new resources can broaden access to education by enabling teaching and learning to take place virtually anywhere, thus increasing cost-efficiency and, by their very nature, fostering innovation in education.

However, these developments also raise important issues at both national and European level, such as quality assurance, recognition and accreditation, the promotion of innovative teaching and learning alongside more traditional forms, infrastructure and technical requirements. At a broader level, the EU is in danger of lagging behind other regions of the world in this field. Already much of the supply of digital content comes from outside Europe.


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European Parliament report on Erasmus +

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingErasmus +, the European Commission’s new programme education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020 has been adopted by the European Parliament on 19 November. 
Erasmus+, due to begin in January, is aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems
The seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion1 - 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad.


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Cedefop presents European VET in South Korea

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingVocational education in a lifelong perspective and the VET systems in Germany and Austria were the themes of two interventions made by Cedefop Deputy Director Christian Lettmayr at the Global HR Forum 2013 in Seoul, South Korea (5-7 November). 
Mr Lettmayr said that there is ‘a sense of failing education systems and increasing mismatch between qualification levels and skills required’ with a new European Union (EU) report indicating that 76% of recent graduates with at least upper-secondary education now find employment compared to 82% in 2008. And one in five of the EU working population with tertiary qualifications are in jobs that usually require lower qualifications. More...

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Let's speak French, it's easy!

QuizA new web portal to learn French online 
Parlons français, c’est facile ! is a new portal which raises awareness of the French language and culture. This project is coordinated by the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP)
Thanks to the funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the site was officially launched on 18th July 2013 by the Minister Delegate for la Francophonie (French-speaking countries worldwide), Yamina Benguigui, during the workshops organised by the French Institute. 
This site is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish and offers 40 workshops and many interactive exercises online. 
For more information you can contact Anna Vetter, leader of the project in the French department of CIEP, at: Vetter@ciep.

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Formative evaluation of the National Scholarship Programme: Year 2

HEFCE logoSummary 
As part of the Government’s National Scholarship Programme, HEFCE  commissioned CFE consultants and the Widening Participation Centre at Edge Hill University to carry out a formative evaluation of the scheme. 
This report summarises the outcomes of evaluation activity undertaken in 2012-13, the first year of the programme’s operation. It contains the results of survey and focus group work with participating institutions and recipients as well as summarising the programme’s emerging themes. 
The role of this formative evaluation is to help policy-makers, HEFCE and participating institutions develop a fuller understanding of what works best and why in relation to the design and delivery of the NSP. The evaluation will also offer cumulative insights into the impact and influence that the NSP has on student decision-making, participation and retention amongst under-represented groups.  The findings may offer insights which have resonance for other schemes of student support.
The first year report was published in May 2012
Download the Formative evaluation of the NSP: Year 2 as PDF (1,422 KB).

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Renoncer à l'écriture manuscrite serait une grave erreur

VousNousIlsPropos recueillis par Charles Centofanti. La majo­rité des Etats amé­ri­cains ont décidé de relé­guer l'écriture manus­crite au rang d'option. Peut-elle, à terme, dis­pa­raître ? Entretien avec Danièle Dumont, doc­teur en sciences du lan­gage, ensei­gnante en péda­go­gie de l'écriture et en réédu­ca­tion graphique.
  45 Etats amé­ri­cains ont décidé de rendre l'écriture cur­sive option­nelle en 2014 pour pri­vi­lé­gier l'écriture script et l'usage du cla­vier d'ordinateur à l'école. Que vous ins­pire cette évolution ?
Renoncer à l'écriture cur­sive serait une erreur ! Quand bien même l'écriture script serait pré­ser­vée dans cer­tains Etats, c'est se pri­ver des avan­tages de l'écriture « en atta­ché ». Laquelle per­met, notam­ment, de glo­ba­li­ser le geste d'écriture. Des recherches en neu­ros­ciences ont d'ailleurs mon­tré que l'écriture cur­sive faci­lite l'accès à la lec­ture. Je l'ai moi-même expé­ri­menté de manière empi­rique par le retour d'enseignants : les enfants qui apprennent à écrire direc­te­ment en cur­sive, de façon struc­tu­rée, sont plus rapi­de­ment auto­nomes et accèdent faci­le­ment à la com­bi­na­toire, c'est-à-dire qu'ils apprennent de façon impli­cite à asso­cier les lettres pour lire. Suite de l'article...

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