Title: Special Issue: Literacy – Is Europe Fit for the Future?
Guest editors: Roberto Carneiro and Jean Gordon
Title: Volume Special Issue: Problematising the Issue of Early School Leaving in the European Context
Guest editors: Alistair Ross and Carole Leathwood (video abstract)
Volume 48 No. 2 June 2013
Title: Adult Learning Systems in a Comparative Perspective
Guest editors: Richard Desjardins and Kjell Rubenson (video abstract)
Volume 48 Number 1 March 2013
Title : ICT and Education : taking stock of progress and looking at the future.
Guest editor : Yves Punie (video abstract)
Title: Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices
Guest editor: Mathias Urban
The European Institute of Education and Social Policy (www.eiesp.org) is a non-profit organisation with 37 years' experience in the analysis of education and training policies in Europe and in the partner countries of the European Union. The institute was founded in 1975 by the European Cultural Foundation to meet a need of the European Commission by contributing to the development of cooperation in education in Europe.
The EIESP contributes through its work and its international network to strengthening cooperation in education in Europe and between Europe and its partners.
The portfolio of projects of the institute covers all the different aspects of lifelong learning: school education, vocational education and training (initial and continuing), adult learning and higher education. The EIESP has built up a solid reputation as an experienced, international and innovative partner in education policy design, management, reform and evaluation at European, national, regional and institutional levels. The institute contributes to studies for the European Commission and to reform processes in countries in transition and emerging economies and it undertakes evaluations of innovative European projects and programmes.
The EIESP edits the European Journal of Education which is published by Wiley-Blackwell. EJE is a peer reviewed journal of international reputation and readership specialised in research on education and the evaluation and review of education and training policies in a global perspective. It is thematic and receives an ISI Impact Factor ranking. EJE is accessible through about 16,000 institutions around the world and in 2012 there were over 105,000 downloads of articles. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1465-3435).
The EIESP is on the European Commission's register of interest representatives. This is a voluntary Register, in the context of the European Transparency Initiative, which includes a commitment to abide by the Code of Conduct.
EIESP Activity Report 2012
Unfolding Conference - October
Unfolding Conference: Nurturing a culture that allows each and every child to unfold their unique potential and to engage in society - the Unfolding Conference took place in Brussels from the 23rd to 26th October. Click here to see the Unfolding brochure. To download the recent Learning for Well-being information focussing on core capacities click here and for the Learning for Well-being Institute presentation click here.
Successful CATS Conference - July
A most successful and inspiring CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society) was held at the end of July in Caux, Switzerland. Over 200 participants attended this event co-organised by L4WB. Please click here for more information!
Second Trans-Atlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years Conference (TFIEY)
The second conference of the TFIEY took place in New York from the 10th to 12th July bringing together about 70 policy makers, practitioners, researchers and policy analysts and foundation experts. The theme of this meeting was "Workforce preparation and Curriculum Innovations". Jean Gordon of the EIESP participated in the conference. Click here for more information.
The EIESP is an operational partner of the Universal Education Foundation (www.learningforwellbeing.org ). UEF is an international foundation established in the Netherlands in 2004. Its vision is ‘Learning for well-being’, which emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to education and of engaging children and young people in shaping their learning environments (e.g. in the education system, through media and ICTs and in the health system).
The EIESP coordinates the Secretariat of the Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations in Europe. For more information click here.
The EIESP participated in a study on Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion, carried out under the Framework Service Contract No EAC/02/2010, led by Sofreco. This study (carried out in 2012) was designed to inform policy-making with new insights into success criteria concerning accessibility and quality in the field of ECEC. For more information. and for the link to the reports.
In2 011 EIESP took part in the Participatory Citizenship in Europe Project, a study with the main goals of clarifying the concept of Participatory Citizenship and its interpretation among the 27 EU Member States. For more information.
DISCO II: a multilingual thesaurus of skills and competencies: From 2010 - 2012, the EIESP was a partner of the Leonardo da Vinci DISCO II project led by 3S Unternehmensberatung (Austria). Realising a ‘European labour market’ and a ‘European lifelong learning area’ requires qualifications and competences which can be easily understood, compared, and transferred. To address this challenge a set of European instruments has been developed, e.g. the European Qualifications Framework, the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training and the Europass documents. DISCO II supports these instruments by offering terms and expressions to describe occupations, qualifications, jobs and competence profiles of individuals. For more information.
Romania – CALIPT: Revision of methodologies, instruments and procedures for an increased quality of initial VET
Evaluation and review of policy and strategy for VET in Romania over the last 15 years. The project started in December 2009 and finished in November 2012. The project was led by the Centre for Development of TVET of the ministry of education in Romania. The partners are: GEA (RO), Danish Technological Institute (DK) and the EIESP (FR) More information.