Consultation Tables were used as a method to reflect upon and modify a set of competences on diversity for teacher education. An initial framework of competences, based on the analysis of the country reports and the analysis of concepts and issues relating to socio-cultural diversity, was developed at the end of 2007. It was necessary to ensure that the framework of competences was valid and acceptable to the intended recipients, teacher educators and managers of teacher education institutions and thus a method of Consultation Tables was established with the following explicit aims:
Austria, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Estonia agreed to each host a Consultation Table under the leadership of members of the project groups from these countries. There was diversity in the contextual features of the countries and each of the Consultation Tables illuminated a particular theme of relevance for diversity issues in teacher education programmes.
The theme of each of the Consultation Tables related to the specific features of the host country:
You can find a full description of the consultation tables and their results in Volume 3. (to be published)