Posts Tagged ‘Comparative Education’

European Identity and Teacher Education: IP Udine

2. Juli 2012

Today the first day of our 11 day program on „European Identity and teacher education“ began in this really beautiful Italian Town of Udine. It is infernally hot – at least that is what the Italian newspapers said yesterday with up to 40 degrees celcius in some parts of the country. We will try to buy a fan today or tomorrow in order to make it a little bit more bearable.

This is a very intensive program and we will learn throughout the next 11 days and met and talk and learn from the some of the most important authors and lecturers in the field of comparative education.

Lennart Wikander, who is from the University of Uppsala, where the last years IP was held, gave a short introduction into this years program.

The Erasmus Network on Comparative Education started as Interuniversity Cooperation Network in 1997 became an Erasmus network. It started as student exchange thing. Back then Comparative Education was in crisis. But it became a topic again when people started to use the globalization and bring in new and young people into the field. In the network the participating universities changed and expanded.

The idea was to create a network throughout Europe with comparative researcher to better understand the relationship between culture, economic changes and education. Still a hot topic today as with the current situation in Europe.

One of the ideas was to ask yourself the questions: Are students full members of the university communities? Are they fully allowed do participate in the discussions. And make them full members of the faculty. (more…)

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Two week in Upsala on Comparative Education: some thoughts

22. August 2011

I spent the last two weeks on a hugely interesting and stimulating seminar on comparative education in Uppsala, Sweden.

We studied in a very European atmosphere of students from Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Finland (or so), Denmark and Poland. Our lecturers came from Universities in this countries and Cyprus. So we had all the traps and possibilities shown so nicely by the auberge espaniol.

But of course we did study a lot and learn a lot, not only academically but because we had so many different styles of lecturers and so intensive discussions on the subjects with participants with very diverse backgrounds. Some oft hem going for teacher training others for more sophisticated approaches to education or more theoretical ones.

By the way, I blog this from a Swedish Rail X2000 that offers wireless internet free in every first class seat and for a small fee in the second class, on all routes not just on some like German Rail.

Swedish school system

Amongst others we had a very interesting presentation on the Swedish school system by Jessica Lindvert, Mats Wennerholm, Jenny Kallstenius from the Swedish national agency for schools (Skolverket). The agency supervises the school system, does testing and evaluations and provides the national curriculum. (more…)