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CIDREE Expert meeting, Brussels, March 13th – 14th, 2014

Assessment of competence-based learning

Expert Meeting Brussels Participants: experts in curriculum and assessment from IZHA (Albania), UT (Estonia), OPH (Finland), IFE (France), UDIR (Norway), ES (Scotland), Skolverket (Sweden), IRDP (Switzerland), KeyCoNet and Flemish experts from the Department of Education and Training, the Policy Research Centre for Test Development and Assessments, the Catholic schools network and AKOV (Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Training).

The meeting started with presentations of the Flemish quality assurance system and the system-based surveys that are used in Flemish education to monitor what percentage of students in Flemish education reach the attainment targets. These surveys are subsequently used for curriculum improvement.

The key topics of the meeting were:
1.    Definition of competence in the different education systems
2.    Assessibility of competences
3.    Assessment of progression in competences
4.    Which competences to assess?

Each topic was introduced by one or two keynote speakers. Scotland, Norway and France explained how their educational system made the shift to a competence-based curriculum and highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the choices that were made. Scotland especially dealt with the assessing competences; Norway highlighted teachers’ initial reaction to the transition towards a competence-based curriculum, and France discussed how such a transition should be thoroughly considered before it can be implemented with contents and competences consistently integrated.  
KeyCoNet’s Draft Recommendations to move towards the implementation of a (key)competence-based approach offered some general guidelines.   
Furthermore professor Rianne Janssen from the Policy Research Centre for Test Development and Assessments explained the methodology used to assess competences on system level in Flanders. She identified some issues that should be addressed in bridging the gap between competence-based education and a methodology actually based on content-based assessment.

Each topic was followed by an in-depth discussion. The first issue was the diversity of definitions used throughout the different countries. Most countries seem to struggle with the transition from a content-based curriculum towards a competence-based one, and with implementing the latter. How to assess competences, and the validity of that, and how to assess on a system level also remains a challenge.

The expert meeting on system-based assessment showed that the transfer to a competence-based curriculum, which is currently being undertaken in quite a lot of countries, remains a challenge.  While some countries (Scotland) have already implemented a new curriculum, most countries find themselves halfway, or still have to make the transition. Assessment of a competence-based curriculum poses another challenge, although both are intrinsically linked.

This lunch-to-lunch expert meeting was hosted by AKOV and made possible by the ‘CIDREE grants’ with co-funding by KeyCoNet.

The presentations of the guestspeakers can be found:

International Seminar on Teacher Video-Training, Lyon, January 21-23, 2014

Design, uses and study of video-training devices

The French Institute of Education-ENS Lyon hosted a three-day seminar on teacher video-training, on 21st-23rd January 2014. It entailed workshops dedicated to video-training design and support, and a scientific review on video-training within a conference organized by the ENS de Lyon francophone UNESCO Chair entitled “Training teachers for the 21st century”. It highlighted theoretical presuppositions, training purposes and didactic processes implied by designing innovative video-based resources (professional didactics).

Participants: French Institute of Education-ENS de Lyon (France), National Education Institute (Slovenia), University of Glasgow, with support from Education Scotland (UK), Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (Hungary), University of Tartu (Estonia), University of Valencia (Spain), University of Geneva (Switzerland), HUB-KAHO (Belgium), University of California Irvine (USA).

Goals of the project:

  • Enabling European researchers and training-device designers share concerns, knowledge and practices about teachers’ video-based education and professional development
  • Promoting activity-centred approaches in research-design processes
  • Designing and promoting efficient and innovative video tools and devices
  • Producing scientific knowledge on issues in video-based teacher education
  • Enhancing collaborative projects and activities within the CIDREE network

Project outcomes: Teacher video-training has become a major concern among CIDREE members. The different actions undertaken since 2013 (study visit in 2013, international seminar in 2014) have enabled the highlighting of how CIDREE contributes to:

  • Developing research on the different forms of practices and education in Europe
  • Supporting the development of educational systems at all levels
  • Contributing to piloting and evaluating educational policies and life-long learning
  • Making available relevant scientific resources for education
  • Creating opportunities for debate on contemporary issues in education

Research outcomes have been published as articles in international scientific journals and communicated in international conferences. A European network on teacher video-training is currently taking shape which will enhance CIDREE cooperation on video-based teacher education beyond Europe.
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International Conference, Kranjska Gora/Slovenia, May 29-30, 2014

SIRikt 2014: Child Led Learning

This year’s theme of the “Towards E-competent School” conference is Child Led Learning. Attention will be dedicated to the changes introduced into teaching and learning by modern technology (mainly tablets and other mobile devices), such as the use of e-contents, e-textbooks, e-services and social networks.
ZRSS kindly invites you to join them at the conference as participants.

Conference fee and lunch are free of charge. Accommodation needs to be taken care of and paid by the participants.
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