TEESNet Conference 2016

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The focus of the 2015 TEESNet Conference was Monitoring Education for Global Citizenship: A Contribution to Debate.  I didn't go as it seems to me that trying to introduce EGC is just as bad as encouraging ESD – that is, it diverts attention from the more substantive goal of changing education.  As John Smyth noted a long while back, whilst adjectival educations might enthuse activists, they only discourages the majority who are getting on with what they see as important.

Anyway, in 2016, TEESNet is having another go, and the focus of this conference is: Measuring What's Valuable or Valuing What's Measurable: Monitoring and Evaluation in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.  This is a title that will please the Welsh as it may well breathe some life into their failed ESDGC initiatives.  TEESNet says the conference will "draw together practioners, educators and researchers to consider these issues, and share ideas".  It won't, of course, as most of those who fall into those categories will stay at home.  This will be an event run by activists for activists.

TEESNet adds that, with the PISA review of global competencies coming up, it is a crucial time to be considering this, and no doubt there is something in this.  It also draws attention to a 2015 report from DEEEP that aimed to "provide a stimulus for further thought, work and debate in the design of assessment frameworks for an education that supports people in living fulfilling lives in a changing, globalised world".

I didn't think much of this when I first tried to read it on line.  Maybe the pdf will be better.  Maybe ESDGC will change the world.


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