CiCe Newsletter 27

November 2001

Contents

Introduction to CiCe2

The Masters Course

Budapest Conference

National Conferences

Consumer Citizenship: a Comenius Project


Extracts from the CiCe2 Pre-Proposal

Background
Aims
Objectives
Activities
Outcomes

Inclusion of members
The First Year
The Working Groups
How to volunteer

Volunteer now for CiCe2 action groups!

The CiCe Steering Group met in London last month to finalise the pre-proposals for CiCe2- the new phase of the Network that we propose runs from October 2002 to September 2005. This will be a quite different organisation to CiCe1, with very different objectives and activities. You will find a copy of the outline of the pre-proposal which has been submitted further down this Newsletter. Briefly, we are taking up the outcomes of CiCe1 and are preparing to act on them

How will it work?

One major activity will be the development of an in-service, part-time distance learning Masters Degree in European Citizenship Education. This will require the active collaboration of a number of universities in different roles. One of these could be yours! Please let us know NOW if you are interested. Other groups will be developing resources - electronic and probably also in print - for staff in our universities and colleges, and other materials for our students. Again, now is the ideal time to volunteer.

There will be many more groups than in CiCe1 (at least 15 groups are planned), each working on short policy documents. Each group will meet for a period of 12 - 18 months, and produce a short booklet that CiCe will publish. We will be putting resources for travel, hotels, subsistence and publication into all these groups. We will be holding annual seminars for the members of our working groups where we can plan action and exchange strategies to make the network more efficient and productive.

We will continue to operate annual conferences, open to all, and to publish the edited papers from these. The conferences will be organised around our major working programme:

All these activities will require the active support of all our members. We calculate that we will need to support some 70 - 80 different people in the three-year programme to attend meetings and conferences, etc. - and we plan to ensure that inclusion is as wide as possible so as to spread the ERASMUS funding between as many members as possible. The key plan for the next three years is being drawn up now, ready for submission early next year. To make it succeed, we need as much detail as possible - which is why we need you to volunteer now.

Details of the groups and how to volunteer are at the end of this file. The Steering Group needs names of volunteers for each group as soon as possible so that we can prepare the detailed plan.      (Return to Menu)


Budapest Conference May 2002: Call for Papers

The CiCe Dissemination Year Conference - Future Citizens in Europe - will take place at the International Business School in Budapest on 16-18 May 2002. Sub-themes will be:

Speakers include Jeno Kaltenbach (Hungarian Ombudsman for Minorities) and Professor Elisabet Näsman (CiCe). Invitations have been extended to Dr Arpad Göncz and President Vaclav Havel.                                                                                         (Return to Menu)


The Masters Course - early ideas

The Steering Group discussed the possible form of the European MA at their meeting last month. The Steering Group has been joined by Christine Roland-Levy (Paris V), replacing Yveline Fumat (Montpellier). Christine is closely involve in European MA work in Paris V and will bring valuable experience to our discussions. Also joining us for this part of the discussions was Jill Rutter (University of North London), who is running a new Citizenship Education course for secondary teachers in the UK.

The MA will take several years to develop, and we will be using ICP bids to develop individual modules. We are looking at a distance or open learning model, with modules that have ECTS ratings, and a possible summer school that might meet in different places in Europe each year. The MA will probably be developed in a number of core universities - possibly Paris V, North London, Linköping, a Central European and a South European university. Students will be professionals already working in educational settings and from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. We envisage making as much use of web-based learning techniques as possible.

We are still in the very early stages of development and would welcome ideas, suggestions (and volunteers) at this stage, before the proposals are formalised for submission to SOCRATES in our CiCe2 plans. There will also be a chance for further development and discussion in Budapest in May 2002.                                                                     (Return to Menu)


Conferences for CiCe1 Dissemination Year

The Dissemination Year has begun with the publication of our Report summarising our findings for 1998 - 2001 - Preparing Professionals in Education for Issues in Citizenship and Identity in Europe. All members should have received their personal copy last month with Newsletter 26 - please let us know if you have not. Further copies are available on request for interested individuals, universities and colleges, and the Report is also available to download from the Dissemination website.

Dissemination Papers have been presented at the European Education Research Association Conference in Lille (by Yveline Fumat), and a symposium at the British Education Research Association Conference in Leeds (Ian Davies, Cathie Holden, Keith Crawford and Alistair Ross).

Conferences are being planned by National Coordinators across Europe - in the next few months we will have conferences in France, the UK and Hungary, and representatives at conferences in Greece and Norway. National Coordinators have details of venues and dates. Details of conferences will be on the main CiCe web site (in the Diary section) as they come to hand.

The Dissemination Year will culminate in our Budapest Conference in May 2002.                         (Return to Menu)


Consumer Citizenship: A Comenius Project

CiCe is now linked as a member of the Comenius Network on Consumer Citizenship. This Network is to define education proposals for Consumer Education and Consumer Citizenship in a number of countries. Consumer education has been regarded in many countries as a minor aspect of daily life skills connected to home activities. However, the dramatic changes in lifestyle in recent decades have resulted in cultural, economic and technological transformations which require of the individual a broader understanding of his/her role in a global consumer society.

"Consumers exercise a form of citizenship by making their consumption choices, but they are not always aware of their individual and collective responsibilities for the society and the environment" (Document 4-2/99 of the European Commission's directorate for health and consumer protection).

What form of citizenship is implied here? How can consumer education contribute to a wider vision of the consumer as an active, responsible participant in the development of a just and safe world? In what ways does the exercise of citizenship include the practice of aware, critical choices in the marketplace? To what extent are lifestyles which neither limit the development of other human beings nor destroy the world's environment prerequisites for being a good citizen? These and other related questions are fundamental to the issue of consumer education, especially in teacher training where student teachers are challenged with the task of gaining a comprehensive understanding of the systems and processes which are dominant today.

CiCe is providing linking information for this via Livelink and our members. For further details, contact Victoria Thoresen.   (Return to Menu)


Extracts from the CiCe2 Pre-proposal - submitted to the SOCRATES Office in October 2001

1. Background, Activities, Processes and Outcomes of CiCe2

Context

Changes taking place in the societies and nations of Europe - social, economic, political and cultural - greatly influence the processes, formal and informal, by which children and young people develop their own personal identity and their attitudes, knowledge and behaviour towards their fellow citizens. Young people today are being socialised in a very different way, and into different societies, than were their parents and teachers. Social and geographic mobility has led, with some young people, to a rise in nationalism and racism. Professionals who teach and work with the children and youth of Europe need to be attuned to and aware of the varieties and similarities to be found across Europe, and of the changes that are occurring, so as to be able to develop attitudes of tolerance, social inclusion, social community and co-operation in the citizens of the future. It is essential that those who teach the teachers, social pedagogues, early childhood workers and youth workers of the future in all states can access the resources, ideas and best practices which are being developed in the areas of citizenship education.

Aims and objectives of CiCe2

Established in 1996, CiCe is a network of lecturers and researchers in higher education who share an interest in how children and young people learn about and understand the societies, economies and polities within which they live in the context of European society. It is a cross-disciplinary group, with interests in social psychology, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and curriculum studies, whose members educate various professions such as teachers, social pedagogues, psychologists, early childhood workers and youth workers, as well as students on academic pathways. CiCe1 had as its aim the building of shared educational approaches to learning and teaching about social, economic and political similarities and differences across Europe, enhancing the quality of the relevant academic and professional courses in all participating states. CiCe2 builds on this to contribute to the development of an active and participating democratic citizenry. This need to be addressed by professionals who will work in the early years of learning and to continue with those who work with children and young people in the period of formal education. Research suggests that tolerance and understanding on such issues is best developed before prejudices have become entrenched.

Our knowledge of the processes of contemporary socialisation and the development of politico-cultural-social knowledge is constantly changing, and the courses and students with whom Cice2 will be concerned - the teachers, social workers, youth workers, social pedagogues and early childhood workers of the future - need to prepare the children and young people they work with to understand the social, political and economic conditions that are developing in Europe.                                                                         (Return to Menu)

Specific objectives of CiCe2

CiCe2 has six objectives, that will be realised within the three years of the programme through specific activities which have defined processes and outcomes: 1. the amplification of a detailed, informed and focused dialogue between university and college staff on the purposes and practices of civic education and social learning in the European context, and on the skills, attitudes and knowledge that teachers and other professionals in these curriculum areas will need; 2. the development and delivery of advanced courses or modules in citizenship education at a European level in order to build a body of informed educators across Europe; 3. the documentation and dissemination of good practice at different levels of higher education provision; 4. the development of guidelines, frameworks and other means of assuring the quality of higher education provision in these areas; 5. the compilation, evaluation and dissemination of information about resources of various kinds that can be used with students in order to exchange best practice 6. the development, publication and dissemination of specific European-wide materials for post-graduate students in the field.

CiCe2 will target lecturers and researchers in higher education who provide initial teacher training and in-service education for teachers; who train early years workers and those who work with youth; and professionals working with children and young people. We will actively include members from all the states eligible to join who have effective institutions of higher education.

The Project will run for three years from October 2002 to September 2005.                                     (Return to Menu)

Activities of CiCe2

Over the course of the three years we propose to

  1. develop a coherent set of shared post-graduate activities, possibly leading towards an eventual European-wide award in European Citizenship Education validated by a consortium of Universities/Colleges, with a wide raft of materials and documents to support teaching and learning;

  2. develop materials for use by students at both undergraduate and graduate levels that draw on the full range of best European practice, the frameworks and basis of which have been identified during the work of CiCe2;

  3. develop resource guides for students and lecturers that will support learning and teaching in higher education, using best practice and experience from the European spectrum;

  4. develop a wide range of guidelines that define high quality practice and provision in higher education, and offer clear and authoritative guidance on standards of provision, issues and practices for lecturers;

  5. explore the possibilities for the more permanent institutionalisation of a pan- European network of higher education, with professional links with the various institutions concerned

  6. develop a coherent set of shared post-graduate activities, possibly leading towards an eventual European-wide award in European Citizenship Education validated by a consortium of Universities/Colleges, with a wide raft of materials and documents to support teaching and learning;

  7. develop materials for use by students at both undergraduate and graduate levels that draw on the full range of best European practice, the frameworks and basis of which have been identified during the work of CiCe2;

  8. develop resource guides for students and lecturers that will support learning and teaching in higher education, using best practice and experience from the European spectrum;

  9. develop a wide range of guidelines that define high quality practice and provision in higher education, and offer clear and authoritative guidance on standards of provision, issues and practices for lecturers;

  10. explore the possibilities for the more permanent institutionalisation of a pan- European network of higher education, with professional links with the various institutions concerned with pre-school, school and other provision of citizenship education.   (Return to Menu)

Outcomes and Results of CiCe2

In outline, we will produce the following publications, in print and electronic form. All are directed at staff and students working in higher education.

Resource guides: electronic banks of teaching ideas and materials for higher education lecturers; annotated guides to resources and books for use in higher education ·

Guidelines for good practice: nine Guidelines on issues; three Guidelines on professional practice and training needs; four Guidelines and Quality Criteria for higher education and training (undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree and continuing professional development) ·

Handbooks: two handbooks - for lecturers on the design and delivery of courses in higher education - on the practice and theory in citizenship education ·

Conference Proceedings: three sets of Proceedings from CiCe2 Conferences in 2003, 2004 and 2005

CiCe also has a contract with Trentham Books to publish a series of academic texts on issues of citizenship (European Issues in Identity and Citizenship in Education), aimed to be a resource for lecturers in higher education and to aid the development of advanced courses. The first two volumes are currently with the publishers and a third is in preparation: we will add to this series over the next three years.

We will develop course materials - independent and linked modules and fragments of modules - as follows:

We will continue to develop our electronic communications network, data bases and resource banks, and also continue to expand our web-based databases.                                                                                                                                                 (Return to Menu)

Inclusive Processes for CiCe2

CiCe is a reciprocal network with a high level of partnership involvement and participation. All our members are expected to contribute to our activities and all draw from them material which informs and contributes to their teaching, curriculum development and research. Our membership at the time of this pre-proposal is of departments from 97 different institutions, representing 29 of the 30 eligible states (Liechtenstein has no higher education institutions) and 273 individuals. We are actively seeking to increase both our institutional and individual membership during our Dissemination Year.

The processes by which we will accomplish our objectives and outcomes are an important way of being inclusive and of attaining a high level of involvement of partnership members. These processes include working parties, conferences and symposia, newsletters, publications and electronic networking. Each of these is described briefly.

The composition of our working groups reflects both the geographic and disciplinary diversity of our membership, which covers teacher education, curriculum studies, education for youth workers and early years workers, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economic and social studies. We have designed, and will continue to design, working party activities in an inclusive way, so that as many institutions as possible have roles. Our new working parties will be many and diverse (to cover the range of published outcomes described), and with limited life. This will enable the involvement of the maximum possible number of institutions. We have a very low level of 'sleeping' members.

The annual CiCe Conference will develop as a forum for sharing experiences and ideas, and for developing the personal and professional relationships which underpin successful collaboration. The Conferences will provide an annual opportunity for working groups to meet and present work to the wider membership and to benefit from comments and suggestions. In addition, parallel groups of working parties will convene as workshops to liase and exchange data. We will continue to publish edited conference papers in both book and electronic format.

We will develop our newsletter network (approximately 6 times a year). This has been developed in print form, and we will move to a combination of print and electronic media (the diversity of access to and standards of ICT facilities among our members make a wholly electronic format inappropriate at present). We will continue to publish printed materials, and propose to produce 3 conference reports, 16 Guidelines, 2 handbooks and 2 resources guides over the period of CiCe2.

We will use the Open Text Corporation's Livelink intranet system for electronic communication and management. This is made available to the network as a contribution by the host institution, which also provides technical support). It acts both as a library resource of data and materials, and as a communication tool in real-time. Livelink allows sophisticated organisation of documents and data, offering storage and search facilities, discussion areas for individual projects, and access to databases: it also allows the easy development of course materials for life-long flexible learning and provides an effective dissemination mechanism. The CiCe Livelink site is available to members via individual passwords.                                                                                                                              (Return to Menu)

2. CiCe2: Activities for the first year (October 2002 - September 2003)

In the first year we will: ·

Outcomes and products achieved by the end of September 2003

CiCe2 will be different: it will have a completely new programme of work, and will achieve its purposes in a different way. There are opportunities for many CiCe members to be involved and supported as members of groups or as active coordinators. We will bid to support all group members' travel and subsistence expenses. We will need up to 92 different people to volunteer to achieve our programme - so there is a very real opportunity for you to be involved. NOW is the moment to put your name forward, or just to make an enquiry about being involved.                                                                                                                                                                            (Return to Menu)


Joining a CiCe2 Working Group - what does it involve?

This is a brief summary of the way that we expect CiCe2 to work, what we hope members of each working group will do, and what meetings we expect them to participate in. Please participate by volunteering to join a group now. This will help us present full and detailed plans in our Proposal, which is being drawn up now. Thank you.

Most working groups will consist of just three people - from three different countries - who will work with the support and advice of a member of the Steering Group (who will at the same time be looking after two or three other groups). Each group will meet

CiCe will meet travel and subsistence costs within the EU regulations.

Working Groups producing Guidelines will have to produce an electronic document for publication by the deadline given. They will need to ensure that they agree at their first meeting on what information needs to be collected, and which of the three members is responsible for which part. Data could consist of

The final document must be of the agreed length (usually 5,000 to 8,000 words)

The Steering Group will be a small group of 6 people with specific tasks (Chair, MA (2), Resources, Working Groups (3)

The MA Group will be 4 - 5 members, from each main University. They would liase closely with Module writing groups in Year 2 and 3 (funded separately by Socrates), and with the resources group, and the working groups.

Group and tasks meetings members will commit to attend

Steering Group

Seminar Oct 2002, 2003, 2004
Conference May 2003, 2004, 2005
two other SG meetings each year

MA Group Seminar Oct 2002, 2003, 2004
Conference May 2003, 2004, 2005
one other MA meeting each year
Guidelines (general)

1. Citizenship: Teaching Controversial Issues
    Task: to produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2003

Seminar Oct 2002;
1 meeting (2 day);
Conference May 2003
2. Active Learning in Citizenship Education
    Task: to produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2003
Seminar Oct 2002;
1 meeting (2 day);
Conference May 2003
3. Minorities, majorities and democracies
    Task: to produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2003
Seminar Oct 2002;
1 meeting (2 day);
Conference May 2003
7. Identities in multi-lingual/cultural contexts
    Task: to produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2004
Conference May 2003;
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
8. Cross-professional issues citizenship / identity
     Task: produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2004
Conference May 2003;
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
9. Equal opportunity issues/equality in rights
    Task: produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2004
Conference May 2003;
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
14. Citizenship as experienced by young people
       Task: produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2005
Conference May 2004;
Seminar Oct 2004;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2005

15/16 To be decided
           
Task: produce 5000 word report by July 1st 2005

Conference May 2004;
Seminar Oct 2004;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2005
National Liaison Person
Tasks: to respond to requests for national information from working groups to maintain active links with national institutions (eg through conferences, newsletters) to establish website and discussion group on Livelink for national institutions to update information on national curriculum and provision on Livelink for members
Conferences in May 2003, 2004, 2005 (CiCe to meet travel costs only, except for states still in the accession process, where it will also meet subsistence)
Guidelines on contents of professional training
4. to work with secondary school pupils
    Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2004
Seminar Oct 2002;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2003
5. to work with elementary school children
    Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2004
Seminar Oct 2002;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2003
6. to work with pre-school children
    Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2004
Seminar Oct 2002;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2003
Guidelines on quality & delivery in higher education
10. Guidelines on quality & delivery for undergraduates and pre-service courses
      Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2005
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
11. Guidelines on quality & delivery for postgraduate courses
      Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2005
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
12. Guidelines on quality & delivery for research degree courses
      Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2005
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
13. Guidelines on quality & delivery for in-service professional courses
      Task: to produce 8000 word report by January 1st 2005
Seminar Oct 2003;
2 meetings (2 day);
Conference May 2004
Resource Bank/ Handbooks
17. for lecturers on courses in higher education
     Tasks: to establish an electronic resource bank in 2002/3 to produce a text book by collecting and editing contributions in 2003/2005
Seminar Oct 2002, 2003, 2004 Conference May 2003, 2004, 2005
one other meeting each year
18. for students/professionals in citizenship education
     Tasks: to establish an electronic resource bank in 2002/3 to produce a text book by collecting and editing contributions in 2003/2005
Seminar Oct 2002, 2003, 2004 Conference May 2003, 2004, 2005
one other meeting each year

 

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of a group

please email the Coordination Unit. We will need to know

Cass Mitchell-Riddle                                                                                                 (Return to Menu)