CIDREE Expert Meeting, Utrecht, September 29 - 30, 2016

Experiences with a contemporary curriculum in visual arts and, how it contributes to 21st-century needs and skills

The CIDREE Experts Meeting took place on 29th and 30th of September 2016. It was hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development. The countries represented at the meeting were: Bosnia Herzegovina; France; The Netherlands; Republic of Ireland; Scotland; Slovenia.
The main aim of the event was to identify the key features of the curricula of Visual arts and curriculum development from each country represented and compare experiences in the enacted curriculum. The meetings had a specific focus on visual art education and the extent to which it is contributed to the 21st Century skills.

Short presentation Visual Arts Expert Meeting, Utrecht, 2016 (PDF)

Yearbook 2016

Successful Approaches to Raising Attainment and Tackling Inequity

Edited by Stephen Edgar

The theme of the CIDREE Yearbook 2016 is raising attainment and reducing inequity in education. Concerns about equity issues and attainment in education are not new. In fact, they have been the focus of longstanding attention in many countries. Despite this, challenges remain in ensuring that education systems truly meet the needs of all children and young people. These challenges are likely to stem from the complexity of the issues involved, and also possibly from the diverse ways in which equity can be conceptualised. Equity is a specific focus within Scotland just now. This is particularly due to the development over the past two years of the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which aims to close the gap in attainment between
children and young people living in the most deprived areas and their peers, at the same time as raising attainment for all. Given all this, the Scottish editorial team for this year’s Yearbook felt that it was both valuable and timely to take a fresh look at these issues – drawing on insights and expertise from all parts of Europe. This decision has certainly been borne out by the 13 thought- provoking articles we have received from CIDREE members.

YB_16_Successful Approaches to Raising Attainment and Tackling Inequity (PDF)

CIDREE Seminar, Helsinki, 13-14 October 2016

Video-enhanced teacher development: from research to innovative practice

This two-day seminar was held in Helsinki, Finland and co-hosted by the Finnish National Board of Education and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences with support from a CIDREE grant. The event was targeted to Finnish and International researchers, trainers and policy makers involved in the use of video for teacher development and curriculum renewal. The event involved both presentations from selected speakers and group work sessions to discuss how video methodologies can be used to support teacher development and in particular the current Finnish national curriculum renewal process.

30 people from 11 different countries (10 European countries – Austria, Finland, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, and the USA) participated in the event. Fifteen international speakers and two Finnish speakers were involved.

The two days involved a wide range of presentations on research and practice topics focusing on how to use video and build associated methodologies and infrastructure to support teacher development. Group work was also facilitated to engage participants in dialogue with respect to how learning from research and practice can be summarized to support development work for in-service training and curriculum renewal with an emphasis on the Finnish context.


Wordle by Brigita