Your Feedback Needed: What are the Competences for Democratic Culture

The Council of Europe’s Education Department, in co-operation with numerous international experts, has developed a new theoretical model of Competences for Democratic Culture. The next stage in the project was to compile a bank of descriptors that would help educators assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. We would now like to invite education professionals at all levels and in all areas to take part in this project and respond to an online questionnaire to test the clarity and relevance of these descriptors.

This link will take you to the Competences for Democratic Culture page on the Council of Europe’s Education website. There you will find a brief explanation of the project and the aim of the questionnaire as well as a link to the questionnaire itself in several languages.

It will take about 45 minutes to answer the questionnaire. In order to cover as many descriptors as possible there will eventually be up to 30 different questionnaires, each on 30 descriptors. Those who wish to do so are therefore welcome to fill in one or several questionnaires throughout the autumn period. The results will enable us to select the most reliable descriptors for piloting in concrete learning contexts in 2016. The final full reference framework, comprising the model, descriptors and various support documents, will be published at the end of 2017.

We would also be very grateful indeed if you would send this link to your contacts and networks and encourage them to take part in this online consultation.

For further information on this project please contact CDCID@coe.int

Help the Council of Europe Develop a New Model of Competences – Survey out NOW

The Education Department of Council of Europe has developed a new theoretical model of the competences (i.e., the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are required for democratic culture. The Education Department is now developing descriptors that can be used to assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences are welcomed.

You can do this by completing a questionnaire through this link. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and influence the development of new theoretical models of the competences!

More information about this initiative and questionnaire can be found here: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/descriptors_en.asp