Proposed European Thematic Network

CICE: Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe
Social, Economic and Political Learning and Understanding within the European Context

Issue 5: January 1998
Newsletter of the Draft Planning Group


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Expression of Interest Submitted

The formal Expression of Interest in creating the CICE Thematic Network Project was submitted to DGXXII on December 19th. All Expressions have to be submitted by January 1st. The Socrates Office now select the final shortlist of applicants, who will be invited to submit full proposals by April 1st 1998. Applicants have been informed in previous years that they have been shortlisted in late February. Those shortlisted are likely to be successful, if they can complete the application procedure in time.

Our Network Project needs to begin to prepare its detailed application now (see next column). We must also consider what we should do if we are not successful with SOCRATES. We could seek alternative sources of support (for example, the European Science Foundation supports academic networks in the Social Sciences, and we have commercial sponsorship possibilities), or we could operate a scaled-down network from our own resources. Suggestions and comments are invited on this.

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Membership expansion continues

We now have approximately 145 individual members, from about 96 Higher Education Institutions. Applications continue to arrive. It will still be possible to accept new members, up to the point when we submit out full detailed application. Those applying after this date will not be eligible for SOCRATES funding in the 1998-99 year.

We are still particularly seeking some new applications from countries in which we are not well represented: Austria and Italy are poorly represented, related to their size. We might also be strengthened if we had members from Estonia and more from Slovenia. If you have good contacts in these countries, please ask them directly: tell them what we are doing, and how to send details in for membership.

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Need to prepare for full Application

We need to prepare our full application now to be ready for the April 1st deadline. As yet we do not know the precise information that SOCRATES will require in this, but we are asking everyone to now send in the information that DGXXII asked for at the same stage last year. We hope that changes in procedures this year will not be too drastic! Two sets of information are needed:

Statements of Participation

Please arrange for a formal statement from your Institution, stating that the Institution intends to participate in the CICE (Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe) Thematic Network Project. There is no set form of words for this statement, and it can be in any official EU language - Danish, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese or Swedish. It should be on your Institution's headed paper, and be signed by an appropriate authority - this may be a Dean of Faculty, or a Rector, Principal or vice-chancellor - it will depend on your particular Institution. (Note that this statement will not be a formal commitment to resources: it is treated as an indicative intention). Please send me the original by post so that it can be forwarded to SOCRATES with the full application. (Note: not a Fax copy, please).

Details about members

The form in the Newsletter asks for information on each partner's contribution to the project organisation and details on financial aspects of our plans. This is very hard to do at this stage, and with so many partners. I make a number of suggestions in the form about what might be appropriate to put in these areas. Some decisions will need to be made about each partner's level of participation in the organisation. Please volunteer for various roles/levels of participation that you feel appropriate. In the event of conflicting proposals, I will make suggestions for compromises based on the information you supply to me about expertise, experience, etc.. I will relay these suggestions back as soon as possible - probably in February - so it is important to get the information back to me as soon as possible. Either use the form here, or use the web-based form and respond directly.

Please try to do this by February 1st

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Website expands

The internet site of the CICE network has now been re-designed and relocated. There are a growing number of interactive features, that will eventually allow you to add and edit information about your interests and activities, and to search for and contact partners in the network.

All Newsletters are included on the site.

There's a Directory of all Members and their interests and addresses.

The new website address is


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FORM for more details for the SOCRATES application .....

This form is also available on the website in a form suitable for electronic submission, if your web-browser supports this. You can go direct to electronic form from here.

The form that is reproduced here omits checkboxes, etc., but lists all the questions as on the original form.

Your Organisation

1: Full Legal Name of the Institution, in the organisation's native language:

2: Code for type of Institution:
One only of the following:

3: Town name:

4: Code for Country:
One only of the following:
BE Belgium IE Ireland FI Finland BG Bulgaria PL Poland
DK Denmark IT Italy SE Sweden CY Cyprus CZ Czech Rep
DE Germany LU Luxembourg GB Ud Kingdm EE Estonia RO Romania
GR Greece NL Netherlands IS Iceland HU Hungary SK Slovak Rep
ES Spain AT Austria LI Liechenstein LV Latvia SI Slovenia
FR France PT Portugal NO Norway LT Lithuania MA* Malta

5: Main areas of work and activity of the organisation:
for example, a short list of the major areas of study (perhaps faculties?), with activities such as "teaching at degree and postgraduate level and research"

6: Size of organisation
(total number of academic personnel: use full-time equivalents - a close approximation should suffice)

Your Department

7: Name of Department:

8: Main areas of work and activity of the Department
For example, indicate the subjects taught at degree/postgraduate level

9: Size of Department:
(total number of academic personnel: use full-time equivalents)

10: Contact Person
One person from each Department/School: this should be the active contact, not necessarily the Head of the Department or the International Office)

10.1 Last Name:

10.2 First Name

10.3 Title (eg Dr, Professor

10.4 Position in organisation: (eg Lecturer, Head of Department,Professor of Psychology)

10.5 Phone: (include country and area codes)

10.6 Fax:

10.7 E-mail:

10.8 Expertise in the area of the TNP
for example, indicate a few significant and relevant publications, editorships of relevant journals, books; participation in associations, groups, etc., areas of research and teaching, etc.

10.9 Involvement in EU projects:
list involvement in other EU projects, including those supported under SOCRATES, ERASMUS or LINGUA in the past.

11 Other Participating Individuals in Department
11.1 Person Two

11.1.1 Last Name:

11.1.2 First Name

11.1.3 Title: (eg Dr, Professor)

11.1.4 Position in organisation:(eg Lecturer, Head of Department,Professor of Psychology)

11.1.5 Phone:

11.1.6 Fax:

11.1.7 E-mail:

11.1.8 Expertise in the area of the TNP
for example, indicate a few significant and relevant publications, editorships of relevant journals, books; participation in associations, groups, etc., areas of research and teaching, etc.

11.1.9 Involvement in EU projects:
list involvement in other EU projects, including those supported under SOCRATES, ERASMUS or LINGUA in the past.

11.2 Person Three (add additional sheets with similar information for any more individuals)

11.2.1 Last Name:

11.2.2 First Name

11.2.3 Title: (eg Dr, Professor)

11.2.4 Position in organisation:(eg Lecturer, Head of Department,Professor of Psychology)

11.2.5 Phone:

11.2.6 Fax:

11.2.7 E-mail:

11.2.8 Expertise in the area of the TNP
for example, indicate a few significant and relevant publications, editorships of relevant journals, books; participation in associations, groups, etc., areas of research and teaching, etc.

11.2.9 Involvement in EU projects:
list involvement in other EU projects, including those supported under SOCRATES, ERASMUS or LINGUA in the past.

12 Number of personnel in Department involved in the TNP theme
(this could be greater than the total number of names listed above, if you hope to include colleagues during 1998-9)

Project organisation

13 We have to "specify the main responsibilities of each of the partners in the project" : this is very difficult to do precisely at this stage, especially with approximately 100 partners. These responsibilities will have a relationship to the financial aspects (below).

At this stage, nominate the level and type of commitment you would like to make as a Department. These nominations might be for commitments you share between members of the Department, or different members may volunteer at different levels (in which case, please add names to nominations). Whether there is any finance available to support the number of days you give to this activity will depend on both the extent of your commitment and the amount of money that we have available. We will need to cost everyone's time as either an institutional contribution or a costed contribution the Network pays for. For example, we might, finances permitting, be able to contribute to the costs of the time given by national co-ordinators, but this would vary according to the size of the country concerned. We might be able to offer some limited support towards conference attendance, etc..

Your nominations will be sorted to try and give a fair distribution of responsibilities, matched to the levels of expertise and experience indicated in the sections 10, 11, 14 and 15. You can be either an ordinary member or a corresponding member: you must be one or the other. In addition you could nominate yourself to be a National coordinator, and/or a member of an age-related symposium group, and/or a member of the steering group.

tick to nominate
comments, names, etc
Ordinary memberwill attend national/regional meetings, correspond about activities, actively add to and use the network's database, etc., will (in time) attempt to develop modules at local institutional level in association with the network.. .
Corresponding memberwill use the database, and add to it where appropriate..
National Coordinatorwill coordinate national/regional links and meetings, arrange for origination of national data, and response to requests. .
Member of Symposia Planning Group
(8 members for each group)
coordination, planning of symposia meetings, editing/publishing results, two international planning meetings, etc.(State which group - 0 to 6, 7 - 12, 13 - 17)
Member of Steering Group
(8 members in all)
overall coordination and planning, 3 international planning meetings, conference arrangements, publications, arranging evaluation, dissemination, etc..
In addition to the above, indicate if you would expect to
- attend/contribute to national meetings and activities. . . . . .. . . . . .
- attend/contribute to annual international conference. . . . . .. . . . . .
- attend/contribute to international age-related symposia (indicate which). . . . . . . . . . . .

14 We have to "explain how each of the partners will contribute to the implementation of the project, distinguishing where appropriate between specific project partners and the network as a whole"
Please comment on how you hope your contribution will reflect this

15 We have to "demonstrate that each of the partners has adequate competence and experience to fulfil their role in the project"
Please offer some demonstration of your competence/experience

Financial aspects

For each element below, we must show sources and amounts of complementary funding, including from our own resources.

16 We have to indicate for each partner
the number and type of personnel involved (type of staff, main tasks to be performed, number of person-days, unit costs of personnel). I am giving broad suggestions in the table below for the number of working days that each level of activity might involve.

Using your response to 13 above, indicate if you think that your level of commitment will be similar to this, vary from it, etc., adding any comments. If there is more than one member of your Department involved, please indicate the days for each person separately. Note that this is not a commitment at this stage: it is a way of calculating costs.

variations/comments, etc
Ordinary member7 days a year.
Corresponding member2 days a year.
National CoordinatorFR, DE, GB, IT, ES - 60 days
BE, DK, GR, IE, NL, AT, PT,RO, SW, NO, HU, PL, CZ, SK - 40 days
IS, LU, CY, MA, SI, FI - 20 days
Member of Symposia Planning Group15 days.
Member of Steering Group20 days.
- attend/contribute to national meetings and activities4 days a year + 4 days preparation.
- attend/contribute to annual international conference4 days + 4 days preparation.
- attend/contribute to international age-related symposia 4 days + 4 days preparation.

16.1 What is your "daily cost"?
This should be calculated as your annual salary, with your employer's direct costs of employment (including, for example, your employer's contribution to your pension, but excluding the costs of providing you with office space) divided by the number of working days in the year. This is not your institution's "consultancy charge" for your services.
Please express the sum in ecus.

17 We have to detail other cost elements for each partner:

At this stage, I cannot suggest locations for meetings, etc.. I would welcome suggestions for a location for an annual conference, and the three symposia. Coordinating meetings would rotate between members home cities, perhaps. When locations are possible, I will ask you to respond to aspects of item 17.1

Comments and suggestions on 17.2 - 17.6 are invited at this stage:

Thank you for completing all this information.

Post or Fax it to

Alistair Ross

School of Education, University of North London, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB, UK

Fax ++ 44 171 753 5420

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New Participants in Network, joining between 1 December 1997 and 8 January 1998

Belgium University of Mons-Hainaut Jean-Pierre Pourtois
Czech Republic Kat Pedagogiky a Psycholoie Hradec Kralove Dr Paval Vacek
Germany Universitšt Luneburg Professor Dr Ute Stotenberg
Hungary Eotos Lorand University, Budapest Istvan Nahalka
Janus Pannonius University Krisztina Nemes
Italy Centro Internazionale de Documentazione del Libro Scholastico Fernanda Menghini
Poland University of Warsaw Ewa Czerniawska
Pedagog University of Krakow Maria Klis
Romania Gh Lazar College Eugenia Druti
University Spiru Heret Gratiela Sion
University of Bucuresti Dan Ion Nasta
Spain Univeridad Autonoma de Madrid Prof Clemente Herrero
Gloria Luna
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Prof Ignacia Nadal
University of Barcelona Isabel Civera,
Dr Miqel Llobera
Universitat de Zaragoza Michaela Munoz,
Carmina Buesa

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