Pestalozzi European Modules: Pestalozzi core knowledge, skills and attitudes



The transversal knowledge, skills and attitudes in teacher education: The analysis of the materials that were developed within the Pestalozzi modules between 2006 and 2008, (36 teacher training units), and of descriptions of competences developed in other Council of Europe education projects in areas such democratic citizenship, intercultural education and socio-cultural diversity as well as history teaching show that there is a body of components that are common to all themes or areas of interest.

During 2009 the Pestalozzi Network of Trainers has attempted to identify these overlapping components and classify them in three categories: knowledge, skills, attitudes. They apply to all teachers in all subject matters and are intended as the basic educational contribution to the maintenance and further development of democratic societies.

The training course will focus on the exploration and discussion of the core elements based on the existing description and on the development and piloting of appropriate training resources for all teachers in pre-service and in-service training contexts.

The main expected outcomes are:

    · The participants will better understand the basic knowledge (savoirs), skills (savoir- faire) and attitudes (savoir-être) teachers need to reinforce the contribution of education to the sustainable democratic societies of the future;
    · The participants will form a network of education professionals equipped to continue the training on the international, national, regional and local level with a shared view of the competences which need to be developed and of the appropriate methodology of training and teaching;
    · A collection of tried and tested training resources is available online to serve as pedagogical support in teacher training and as a stimulation to further develop resources along similar lines

Target group
Participants should come from a pre-service or in-service training context of formal or non-formal education. They need to have experience of and demonstrate a strong interest in the chosen theme. They also need to be competent users of at least one of the working languages, English or French.

Participants must be prepared and in a position to commit themselves to collaborative international work for a duration of about 12 months including the development and piloting of training materials in their contexts; this includes in particular:

  • Preparatory reading and writing tasks
  • Active participation in Module A October 2010
  • Development of training material and piloting of this material between Module A and Module B; active exchange of information and reporting back via an online working platform
  • Active participation in Module B in late spring 2011
  • Revision of training materials and participating in the final editing of the training resources in view of their dissemination
  • Dissemination by using the training materials developed by all participants in future trainings
  • Dissemination of the programme in their local, regional or national context and continuation of the work with other participants on-line, as a self sustaining network after the programme is completed.

The overall workload, including the participation in the modules, is estimated to be between 120-150 hours. Participants will receive certification for the completion of this training programme indicating the nature of competences developed and the workload of the training.

For details on the conditions of participation, please consult the description of the module series.