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Pestalozzi series N°4: “TASKs for democracy – 60 activities to learn and assess transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge (TASKs)”

TASKs for democracy – 60 activities to learn and assess transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge is a handbook for practitioners in formal and non-formal educational settings developed within the Pestalozzi Programme Community of Practice. It contains a rationale for the necessity to focus on competences for democracy in all areas of education, an explanation of what transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge mean and why they are important for and should be taken on board by all education professionals.

A list of components forms the heart of the publication, describing the core attitudes, skills and knowledge which need to be developed by every individual in order to be able to live in and to contribute to the development and maintenance of democratic societies in their full diversity. The collection of learning and “re-learning” activities will help practitioners to promote the development of these components in their day-to-day educational practice.

The book (and the six posters) illustrating the transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge are available online (here) and at the bookshop of the CoE (here).

A graphic presentation of the included list of attitudes, skills and knowledge is available in poster form (A1) for the global list and 5 poster (A3) by "topic".

Transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge for democracy poster

5 posters together

Pestalozzi series N°3: This volume takes one step further towards the full integration of intercultural competences as a key competence within the education system. It aims at offering an educational rationale and conceptual framework for the development of intercultural competence, as well as a clear description of its constitutive elements to be developed in and through education.




Pestalozzi series N°2: This volume focused on Intercultural competence for all, looking at the various implications of promoting the development of intercultural competence as a main concern of mainstream education.

[English version]

[Greek version]

[Polish version]*

*A great thank-you to the Centre for Education Development, the Department for Social and Citizenship Competences Development at the CED and  to Olena Styslavska (editor and coordinator) and Elżbieta Gorazińska - (technical editor).



Pestalozzi series N°1: The first volume, "Teacher education for change", dealt with the underlying philosophy of the Pestalozzi Programme and its approach to education in general and teacher education in particular.

[English version]




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The PESTALOZZI Programme is the Council of Europe programme for the professional development of teachers and education actors.