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Internationale Symposium

Transnational Cooperation and Modernising Teacher Education

in a European Perspective

8.3.2013 9.15 – 11.45 and 13.15 – 16.30

Center for European Education, University of Zagreb,

Savska 77, 10 000 Zagreb

 

Teacher education in Europe is still almost exclusively focused on the nation state. Even though the education reform of the Bologna Process is meant to strengthen the European dimension in university studies, teacher education has remained more or less untouched by this.

Fourteen years after the closing statements of the Bologna Process, it appears that the Europeanization of teacher education is imperative if it is to keep pace with globalisation and internationalisation. Teachers educate the future political and economic decision makers. It is the schools that make a crucial contribution to how we treat human beings who think and act differently from us, and it is the schools that mediate, in this respect, the foundations for the success of the European unification process.

At the Center for European Education at the University of Zagreb and Münster, educational researchers of the Tempus IV Project have over the past three years investigated, how European study contents could be expanded into teacher education and how the mobility of students studying to be teachers in Europe could be improved.

The matter is a problem for the whole of Europe. Educational evidence from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia show this. The reports make it clear that it is mandatory that teacher education in all European countries need to be modified if Bologna is not to fail.

At the symposium, Transnational Cooperation and Modernising Teacher Education

in a European Perspective, university teachers from West and South-eastern Europe, together with the European Ministers of Education and political decision makers from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Chairmen and Chairwomen of the European Parliament's Education and Culture Committee, the Rector of the University of Zagreb, and the Vice-Rector of the University of Münster, discussed the direction that teacher education should take in the years to come.

At the same time, the results of the research reports of seven countries regarding the European dimension in teacher education were presented at the symposium.

The international Center for European Education of the University of Zagreb and Münster, in which 11 universities and 7 countries have worked together over the last three years in the TEMPUS IV-Project, organized with this symposium the closing event of the MOTED-Project.

The first part of the symposium (9.00-11.45) was focused on educational policy and politics; it took place in the form of a podium discussion and panel with university representatives, the European Ministers of Education and political decision makers from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who each made short statements concerning modernisation strategies for teacher education aimed at a greater Europeanization of the of contents and structures. The panel presented the theme Modernising Teacher Education – European Perspectives – Transnational Cooperation. The panel was introduced by Dr. h.c. Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Education and Culture Committee, and from the Director of the Center for European Education.

The second half of the symposium (13.15-16.30) was research focused; under the theme Concepts of European Education – A Basis for the Modernising of Teacher Education in a European Perspective, the research educators of the Center for European Education put various concepts for the Europeanization of teacher education to discussion. Three thematic blocks were scheduled: European education as a concept, language and European teacher education, intercultural learning, and European teacher education. The goal was to work out recommendation for Europeanising teacher education. The director of the MOTED-Project introduced this part of the symposium.

Zamjenski tekst

Dr. Ante Žužul, Školska knjiga Publishing House, patron of the Center for European Education

 

Prof. Dr. Ivan Prskalo, Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education

Dr. Marianne Ravenstein, Pro-Rector for Teacher and Student Affairs at the University of Münster.

Prof. Dr. Ana Petravić, University Zagreb

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Helmchen, Director of the MOTED-Project, University Münster

Prof. Dr. Sjaak Kroon, University Tilburg

Prof. dr. Vlatka Domović

Prof. dr. Siegfried Gehrmann, University Zagreb

Andrea Ikić-Böhm, mag., Ambassador of the Republic of Austria

Prof. dr. Aleksa BjelišRector of the University of Zagreb
Dr. Marianne Ravenstein, Pro-Rector for Teacher and Student Affairs at the University of Münster

Valentin Gescher, Chargé d'affaires of the German Embassy a.i.

Dr. h. c. Doris Pack, (MEP)
Prof. dr. Ružica Beljo-Lučić, Vice Minister of Education of the Republic of Croatia
Dr. Žarko Obradović, Minister of Education of the Republic of Serbia

Lamija Husić, Vice Minister of Education of the Sarajevo Canton

Zlatko Hadžiomerović, Minister of Education of the Herzegowina-Neretva Canton

 

 

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