CIDREE Conference, Oslo, November 13th, 2014
From Political Decisions to Change in the Classroom:
Successful Implementation of Education Policy
hosted by The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training
The CIDREE conference 2014 took place in Oslo on the 13th November 2014. The conference attracted members and guests from 15 different European Countries. In total, 50 participants from CIDREE member organisations, researchers and elsewhere were welcomed.
After some opening remarks from Petter Skarheim, Director General at The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training and Alan Armstrong, President CIDREE 2014-2016, editor of the yearbook Frode Nyhamn made some reflections on the perspectives present in the yearbook before the actual launch of the yearbook took place.
Authors from four of the countries presented their articles in the yearbook:
- A: “Change Laboratories” within Secondary Schools: Towards Accompaniment and Support of Teachers in the Appropriation of New Reforms in Priority Education (France)
- B: Teachers Taking Ownership of Educational Change via Participation in Professional Learning Communities (Estonia)
- C: Benefits and Risks of Phased Implementation: Analyzing the Norwegian Strategy for Lower Secondary Education 2013-2017 (Norway)
- D: The Lenses and Cultures for Positive Change (Scotland)
Both the Norwegian author and the Scottish author challenged the starting point for the conference by questioning if implementation is really the issue. They did also present several alternative perspectives on how to address change processes in the education system, for example by stressing the importance of acknowledging and spreading good practice.
The afternoon program started with a keynote from Professor Sten Ludvigsen, Chair of a government appointed committee called “Pupils’ Learning in the School of the Future”. Professor Ludvigsen presented the main findings in an interim report from the committee, and reflected on some issues connected to the challenges of implementing change. The contribution from prof. Ludvigsen, was followed by a break up session. For this session, the participants were divided into groups and were given the different topics for discussion.
In the plenary closing session, the groups answered these questions, and they also posted some new questions for the conference to address.
CIDREE CONFERENCE REPORT Oslo November 13 2014 (pdf, 724 KB)
CIDREE Yearbook 2014
From Political Decisions to Change in the Classroom: Successful Implementation of Education Policy
The CIDREE Yearbook 2014 has been launched on November 13, 2014 in Oslo. More
CIDREE Expert Meeting, Tartu, August 28th – 29th, 2014
Digital learning materials in science and mathematics for basic education
Participants: experts in science education, learning materials and ICT from OPH (Finland), ENS de Lyon (France), OFI (Hungary), The Norwegian Centre for ICT Education, Education Scotland (UK), UT (Estonia), Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Information Technology Foundation for Estonia, Estonian Physical Society.
The main topics presented and discussed during the expert meeting were:
- The policies of each country represented, concerning designing and use of digital learning materials.
- Actual conditions in schools, teachers’ and students’ attitudes on using digital learning – overviews of results from recent investigations.
- Pedagogical, technical and organizational aspects of creating and using digital textbooks and other learning materials.
On the first day the topics were presented by each participating country and discussed further.
In Norway and France development of digital learning materials has been a longer process. Scotland had developed a variety of materials in connection with the Curriculum for Excellence. For every country there is a problem how to find better balance in using traditional and digital materials. Estonia has legal obligations to prepare digital learning materials but several authors (incl. teachers) have already done it before on commercial basis. Now the cooperation with Finland is in progress. Hungary is relying also on the international cooperation and use of international materials.
The second round was dedicated to demonstrations of examples of digital materials in use and ideas about new digital textbooks. Each showed and commented some examples used in his/her country. Kaido Reivelt, senior researcher on didactics of physics at UT discussed the issues on the example of his current work on digital material of school physics – problems to solve, how to organize texts, video-clips, hyperlinks for the best usage of students and teachers; how users could organize their own study material on the proposed digital textbooks.
Entire report: Expert_Meeting_Tartu (pdf, 60 KB)
The presentations are found: http://www.curriculum.ut.ee/en/CIDREE-e-textbooks