Making competence-based education a reality in schools across Europe
Press release | Brussels, 25 November 2014: How to effectively implement key competences in school education is the focus of KeyCoNet, a growing network of more than 100 organisations representing educational stakeholder groups from 30 European countries.
The network, a 3 year-project funded under the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme, is coordinated by European Schoolnet, a network of 31 Ministries of Education across Europe.
KeyCoNet (Key Competence Network on School Education) launches today its recommendations for strengthening key competence development in policy and practice at its final conference at the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels.
“The labour market in Europe is constantly evolving. Therefore, also the skills, competences, and qualifications that people need change over time. People need to have a variety of skills and in particular transversal skills for employability and active citizenship, such as digital competences, entrepreneurship, etc. Unfortunately, evidence tells us that too many people in the EU still do not have these competences,'' comments Godelieve Van den Brande, European Commission, DG Education and Culture.
Policy makers, school heads, teachers and educational researchers can already benefit from a wealth of outputs, resources and initiatives, ranging from literature reviews, case studies, teacher guides, peer learning visits, webinars, videos and also a MOOC, in order to make competence-based education a reality in the classroom.
"Student assessments will need to be re-designed to measure complex competences and interdisciplinary approaches of key competence curricula more effectively. Teacher collaboration and stakeholder engagement are also vital to effective reform," says Janet Looney, Director of the European Institute of Education and Social Policy, and main author of the KeyCoNet's recommendations.
“During the past three years we focused on identifying, analysing and mapping emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms. Based on evidence built by KeyCoNet’s partners and associates across Europe we produced recommendations for scaling, deepening and sustaining key competence reforms in varied national and local contexts,” affirms Caroline Kearney, KeyCoNet project manager.
The recommendations were based as well on an international online public consultation which gathered feedback from education stakeholders. “We had more than 5,600 individuals from 29 countries responding to the consultation. There has been a great deal of progress in implementing key competence reforms in schools across Europe. A next big challenge will be to deepen and sustain these reforms,” she continues.
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