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Comenius Thematic Meeting

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Comenius Thematic Meeting on Literacy, Maths & Science

First Comenius Thematic Meeting

The first Comenius Thematic Meeting brought together coordinators of ongoing and finished EU projects and policy makers providing a discussion forum to share experience and knowledge on Literacy, Maths, Science and technology. The meeting was attended by representatives of Comenius centralised multilateral projects and networks, Comenius decentralised projects, as well as other LLP actions, Leonardo and Grundtvig, and projects from DG Research.

The objective of the first Comenius Thematic meeting was to contribute to the development of EU policy in the fields and identify ways whereby future EU policy work may draw more systematically on results from projects and networks. Furthermore the aim was to exchange ideas, best practices and evidence-based conclusions on Literacy, Maths and Science, and to facilitate networking between participants. The meeting gave coordinators of projects and networks the opportunity to meet experts and policy makers in the relevant fields as well as representatives from DG EAC, DG RTD and EACEA.

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Dates and venue

6-7 December 2012
Management Centre Europe (MCE), Rue de l'Aqueduc 118
B- 1050 Brussels

Programme and presentations

13.00 Registration

Plenary session:

Chair: Mr. António Silva Mendes, Director, Lifelong learning: policies and programme, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture


14.00  Welcome and opening statement

  • Mr. António Silva Mendes, Director, Lifelong learning: policies and programme, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture

14.30 SESSION 1: Keynote Presentations


15.30 Coffee break


Parallel sessions

16.00-18.30 SESSION 2: Workshops / Part one

Workshop 1: Literacy: beyond reading and writing

Too often, Literacy is assumed only being able to read and write. Literacy does not only mean being able to decode words and write phrases, it means much more! The High Level Group on Literacy defined Literacy as being able to read, write, interpret and critically evaluate multimodal texts in order to fully function in a modern society. The impact of new technologies, both challenges and opportunities of new media are aspects that have been taken into account in several Comenius projects. This workshop therefore focussed on ICT and the impact of digitisation on literacy skills.


Workshop 2: Maths & Science: Riding the digital wave

In this workshop, we investigated how ICT can be used to address low achievement in maths and science, for example by diversifying teacher approaches, facilitating personalisation of teaching and learning, encouraging problem-based or hands-on approaches, and allowing “game-format learning”. We also discussed how to avoid the pitfalls of increased ICT use, for example a digital divide between computer-savvy high achievers and entertainment-focused low achievers.


Workshop 3: Maths & Science: Teacher collaboration and networking

Building a strong professional identity requires collaboration among subject teachers, but also collaboration across subjects. Similarly, continuing professional development promoting in-school, collegial learning is more effective than traditional courses or seminars. In this workshop, we looked into how we can enable teacher collaboration and channel it towards addressing low achievement.


Workshop 4: Maths & Science: Unleashing new pedagogies

Curricula around Europe are increasingly shifting their focus from knowledge to competences. This requires a more holistic approach to the skills and attitudes of learners, and can open new opportunities for changing pedagogies. Strengthening inquiry-based approaches, cross-curricular links, hands-on and co-operative learning can improve pupils' problem-solving skills and motivation for mathematics and science. However, innovations are often held back by existing structures, for example a traditional assessment system. This workshop identified pre-conditions for changing didactics in mathematics and science.


18.30 Cocktail/Exhibition of the projects


Parallel sessions

09.00-10.30 SESSION 3: Workshops / Part two

Workshop 1: Literacy: beyond reading and writing


Workshop 2: Maths & Science: Riding the digital wave


Workshop 3: Maths & Science: Teacher collaboration and networking


Workshop 4: Maths & Science: Unleashing new pedagogies


10.30 Coffee break/Exhibition of the projects


11.00 SESSION 4: Conclusions from the workshops and panel discussion

Panel Chair:

  • Mr. Jurgen Rienks, Head of the Dutch Permanent Representation to the European Union

Panel speakers:

 


12.30 Concluding remarks

  • Mr. Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture
  • Mr. Ralf Rahders, Head of Unit, Lifelong Learning: Comenius, ICT and Languages and Programme Coordination, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency

13.00 Lunch

End of the Meeting

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