08 février 2014

Time to Retire The Simplicity of Nature vs. Nurture

Are we moral by nature or as a result of learning and culture? Are men and women "hard-wired" to think differently? Do our genes or our schools make us intelligent? These all seem like important questions, but maybe they have no good scientific answer.
Once, after all, it seemed equally important to ask whether light was a wave or a particle, or just what arcane force made living things different from rocks. Science didn't answer these questions—it told us they were the wrong questions to ask. Light can be described either way; there is no single cause of life.
Every year on the Edge website the intellectual impresario and literary agent John Brockman asks a large group of thinkers to answer a single question. (Full disclosure: Brockman Inc. is my agency.) This year, the question is about which scientific ideas should be retired. More...

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The new Erasmus+ programme will boost higher education staff mobility from 2014. But what is staff mobility?

Subsribe to our newsletter'Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations'. Senator William Fulbright
As the debate on internationalisation of higher education grows stronger, so does the interest in mobility not only of students, but also of staff. This is likely to intensify in the coming months, as the European Commission's new Erasmus+ programme, starting in 2014, promises more opportunities and funding for higher education and teaching staff to study, train and work in another country. Indeed, higher education staff will account for a significant percentage of the 1 million beneficiaries of a mobility period funded by the programme between 2014 and 2020. Read more...

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Fees for free? The many guises of higher education tuition fees in Europe

Subsribe to our newsletterWhen a country’s tuition fee system does not cover administrative charges, who picks up the bill?
Comparing tuition fees - the fee charged to higher education students for educational instruction - seems straightforward.  It should be as simple as crunching a few numbers or better yet, locating dots on a chart. Every year, country comparable data on tuition fees are issued by international information providers. The chart below, based on Eurydice’s National Student Fee and Support Systems and the OECD’s 2013 ‘Education at a Glance’, for example clearly shows that England charges more tuition fees than Japan. It seems straightforward.  But is it? Short answer: not really. Read more...

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A great invention for European education

Subsribe to our newsletter'We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.' – Kurt Vonnegut
Great inventions respond to simple needs. Wanting to move faster than on foot surely led to the first ever bicycle sketch, often attributed to Caprotti in 1493. Now the speed of technological innovation is increasing, so fast it seems that our cars will soon drive themselves. Science is finding technological fixes to our problems before most of us realise there was a problem in the first place. Just have a look at the world of education and new teaching tools: virtual classrooms and smart boards are well on their way to replacing physical space and chalk. But how are our systems adapting to this brave new world, and by the way, why doesn't somebody invent a smart tool where we could find out what is really going on? Read more...

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Eurydice - Eurypedia

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Eurydice Newsletter - Education News from the Commission

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Education News from the Commission 

>> Public consultation on a "European Area of Skills and Qualifications"

>> Erasmus+ guide published, €1.8 billion in funding available in 2014

>> Commission and OECD launch website for universities to measure entrepreneurial impact

>> Education and Training Monitor highlights impact of budget cuts and skills mismatch

 

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Eurydice - Forthcoming

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New year, new start, new Eurydice Newsletter - your update on recent and forthcoming Eurydice publications and news from the world of European education.
Forthcoming 2014
Modernisation of Higher Education: Access, Retention & Employability
The report sheds light on current national and institutional policies and practices aimed at increasing and widening access, reducing student dropout, and improving the employability of higher education graduates in Europe.
Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care
The report aims to provide insights on what constitutes high quality ECEC through policy-driven and internationally comparable indicators on ECEC.
Funding of School Education (mechanisms - decision making levels)
Funding of school education is today at the heart of many debates in the field of education and is considered a key priority of Europe 2020. The report will contain diagrams on financial flows in individual countries.
Facts and Figures on Instruction Time
The Eurydice national data collection on instruction time targets the recommended compulsory curriculum by grades/stages for full-time compulsory education..

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Eurydice Network

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Who we are
The Eurydice Network's task is to provide reliable information on, and comprehensive analyses of, European education systems and policies. It consists of 40 National Units based in all 36 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning programme: EU Member States, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland..

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National Student Fee and Support Systems 2013/14

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Latest publications
National Student Fee and Support Systems 2013/14
See the main characteristics of public fee and support systems in European countries at a glance. .

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Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe, 2012/13

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Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe, 2012/13
How much do teachers and school heads earn in European countries? What allowances are available? .

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