DG EAC has made public its evaluation plan from January 2014, which includes the revision of key legal documents in the field of education and training. The evaluation of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020) has for instance already begun and will last until the end of 2014. From this month on the Commission will also work on a study on efficiency of investment in education and training, which should help to strengthen the implementation of ET2020, the Europe 2020 Strategy and the 2012 Communication on “Rethinking Education”.
The Greek Minister of Education Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos presented on 21 January in front of the Parliament Committee for Culture and Education the Greek presidency priorities in the field of education and training for the next semester (members only: see EUCIS-LLL infonote). He put a special emphasis on ensuring quality at all levels of education and training. In line with the Lithuanian presidency that had shed light on leadership in education, the Greeks will keep on focusing on the pedagogical team with particular attention to teacher training (initial education, recruitment criteria, high performance). The Minister also mentioned many times the importance of equality, social cohesion and inclusion (especially among young people) and the need for a humanistic approach to education. See full broadcast.
The European Commission has released a report on Progress in Quality Assurance in Higher Education and a report on the implementation of a 2009 Recommendation on a European Quality Assurance Reference Framework in VET (EQAVET) (see press release). The research led in the field of higher education recommends a deeper paradigm shift towards a genuine quality culture in the sector, so that quality assured qualification frameworks for lifelong learning reflecting more flexible learning pathways become a reality. In the field of VET, the Commission recommended to increase efforts in work-based learning and non-formal provision that are key in dual systems but have been to a lesser extent targeted by quality assurance measures than formal school-based provision.
The 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN14), organised by the International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 7 to 9 July 2014. More than 700 participants will gather to discuss the latest developments in the field of teaching and learning methodologies, educational projects and innovations and new technologies applied to education and research. Submit your abstracts until 3 April.
“At the interface of learning for employability” is the latest note released by CEDEFOP and tackling latest and upcoming CEDEFOP work on the modernisation of VET systems (i.e. a VET policy monitoring report is notably announced for this year), careers …
The McKinsey Center for Government has produced a new report on “Education to employment: designing a system that works” acknowledged by the European Commission (see Commissioner Vassiliou’s speech). The report provides some interesting statistics, i.e. 39% of education providers think the main reason students drop out is that the course of study is too difficult, but only 9% of youth say this is the case (46% evoke cost-related reasons for skipping post-secondary schooling). The study interprets those profound differences of understanding as a consequence of the fact that education providers, learners and employers do not engage enough with each other; it also describes the close collaboration between education providers and employers (on-site visits, curricula design) as a key success factor of the most innovative systems to bridge the worlds of education and work.
This call for proposals is based on the Erasmus+ regulation recently adopted by the European Parliament and Council to implement the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020. Deadline for Key Action 1 (“Mobility of individuals in the field of education, training and youth”): 17 March. Deadline for Key Action 2 (“Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth”): 30 April.
Erasmus+ Call for proposals 2014 for operating grants to European NGOs and EU-wide networks in education, training and youth
The objective of the call is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grant, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of education and training or in the field of youth and pursuing several aims (multiplication of EU action, increase stakeholders participation and commitment, etc.) Deadline: 17 march 2014.
UNESCO has launched on 29 January the latest edition of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, aimed at providing key data on progress in the six “Dakar” EFA Goals defined in 2000 at the World Education Forum (including for instance targets in adult literacy or equal access to education). This edition is in particular focused on equity, quality (with a particular emphasis on the teacher training) and funding of education.
The OECD has published a new working paper on “Promoting skills for innovation in higher education: a literature review on the effectiveness of problem-based learning and on teaching behaviours”. The research investigates the development of skills for innovation in higher education, notably through problem-based learning that seems to effectively develop transversal skills such as critical thinking, behavioural skills or creativity among students, who are also better than others at applying this knowledge to real-world situations.