Diversity of world views and world knowledge in the classroom, Module A, 09-12 November 2010, European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France

The general aim of the training course is to focus on the connection of world views to world knowledge in the educational environment. Taking diversity of world views at school as a fact and connecting it with the educational action needed in order to deal with different world knowledge as presented in a school environment, can balance theory and praxis, can transfer content research to educational methodology.

The first part of this training was hosted by the Council of Europe European Youth Centre in Strasbourg and attended by 32 teacher trainers from 26 countries who will continue working together until autumn 2011. The trainer team was led by Angelos Vallianatos (Greece) supported by Susana Gonçalves (Portugal) and Liutauras Degesys (Lithuania) and the General Rapporteur Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard (France).




A text prepared by the facilitators presenting their basic assumptions about world views and world knowledge was presented as the basis of the training activities proposed, forming a puzzle, the pieces of which, when connected, aimed to form the picture of the Module’s theme and acquaint its participants with the main areas to be covered: inform on world views, further explore the content and barriers of world views, link the participants’ work to Council of Europe relevant activities and in particular the Pestalozzi Programme, connect world views to world knowledge in the classroom, both as a matter of content and of the methods used, and use the above as an inspiration and a resource to create new educational activities.

Thus the programme was organised as follows:

A Basic Assumptions Document was presented as a common basis to work on. The participants got to know each other through ways that underlined their diversity of world views and connected them to the principles and values that function as factors of shaping world views, but also as a way to research the reasons why to deal with them.

Difficult and controversial world view issues and the process of becoming aware of the existence of stereotypes were used as a paradigm to further explore the content and special characteristics of the diversity of world views, and introduce ways of dealing with this kind of diversity.

The work was connected to Council of Europe principles and values using the documented work results of different projects on human rights, democratic participation and the rule of law, as a fundamental basis on which to construct the strategies needed in order to take into consideration the diversity of world views and their link to world knowledge and the classroom.

The fourth and last day of Module A concentrated on practical issues and action planning. Participants had the opportunity to identify, discuss and describe the training resources they are going to develop and pilot in the coming months.

During the session, the participants created interconnections as groups but also as pairs for peer support for the action plans and the training units they have to create and pilot. In this prospect the Basic Assumptions Document is part of the work in progress and will be finalised in the light of the co-operation over the coming 12 months.