The 8th International Conference: “Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in Education and Training”

The 8th International Conference was held at the four star B4 Boscolo Hotel Plaza in Nice, France on May 10-12, 2012. The title of the conference was “Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in Education and Training”.

The conference highlighted excellence and mastery in education by exposing key elements of – and best practice in – the creation of both knowledge and what can be expressed as educational and professional ‘wisdom’.

Different aspects of the topic were introduced by internationally recognized experts in the thematic area, followed by parallel sessions of lectures and workshops led by practitioners and researchers.

Five high profile keynote speakers and 125 participants from 21 countries – and from all parts of education and training – shared knowledge and experiences, took part in the discussions, and spent an enjoyable time in Nice

Conference Venue 

The 8th International Conference was held at the four star Boscolo Hotel Plaza in Nice, France on May 10-12, 2012.

When you say French Riviera, images of a cloudless azure sky, fine white sand, towering palm trees, and sparkling turquoise waters immediately come to mind.

Framed by towering palm trees that shield against the intense light of the Mediterranean, the Boscolo Hotel Plaza, a palatial building that overlooks the Bay of Angels, welcomes its guests with first class amenities and hospitality.

The Boscolo Hotel Plaza is located in the centre of Nice by the old city and within a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean seaside, only 150 metres from Promenade des Anglais. The distance to the Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is 4 km and to the central railway station 700 metres.

As part of a full conference package, conference delegates are offered and recommended to be accommodated at the hotel with a choice of single or double rooms. Breakfast is included. In order to obtain the discounted conference price, reservation must be made through the network at registration for the conference.

Conference Programme

Thursday May 10th 2012
16h30-17h45 Registration of delegates
18h00 Cultural Performance followed by the Opening Session with Words of Welcome by Honoured guests:
– Mr. Jean-Luc Prigent, Head of Cabinet at the French National EU Agency, Agence Europe Education Formation France (L’agence 2E2F)
– Mrs. Agnes Rampal, Adjointe à l’Education, the Mayor’s Office in Nice
– Mrs. Herminia Daeden, Delegate for European and International Relations at the Rectorate of Nice
– Prof. Charles Hopkins, Chair of the UNESCO University Board
– Mr. Magnus Persson, President of the Learning Teacher Network
19h00 Plenary: Mr. Brian Holmes, Head of Department for the Lifelong Learning Programme at the European Commission’s Agency EACEA: ‘Learning for the future: a European view on policy and practice’
19h45 Celebrations – the network’s 10th Anniversary
20h30 Conference Welcome Dinner at the Grand Hotel Aston

Friday May 11th 2012
09h00 Plenary: Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Vice President of Jacobs University and Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Germany: ‘More wisdom is possible: Schools can make a difference’
10h00 Coffee break
10h30 Parallel Sessions A
11h45 Parallel Sessions B
12h45 Lunch
13h45 Plenary: Prof. Joan Freeman, Founding President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), England UK:’Gifted Lives: What happens when gifted children grow up’
14h45 Coffee break
15h00 Parallel Sessions C
19h00 Conference Dinner

Saturday May 12th 2012
09h00 Plenary: Dr. Edward de Bono, the World Centre for New Thinking, Malta:’Unleashing your Creative Potential.’
10h00 Coffee break
10h30 Parallel Sessions D
11h45 Parallel Plenary Sessions E
Prof. Charles Hopkins, York University, Toronto, Canada: ‘Education for sustainable development (ESD) – Deepening the Initial Engagement’
Prof.em. Harm Paschen, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany: ‘Pedagogical relations between knowledge domains, wisdom, and their modern integral cultivation (Bildung)’
13h00 Lunch
14h00 Parallel Sessions F
15h30 Coffee break
16h00 Plenary: Expert Panel Discussion (the keynote speakers)
“What makes knowledge turn into wisdom in daily practice?”
16h45 Cultural Programme and Closing Ceremonies

Keynote Speakers

Unleashing your Creative Potential
Dr. Edward de Bono, the World Centre for New Thinking, Malta

“I believe Dr. de Bono’s work in teaching people to think may be the most important thing happening in the world today.” – George Gallup
“If you haven’t heard of Edward de Bono or of Lateral Thinking, perhaps you have been too busy thinking in conventional ways.” – Forbes Magazine

Would you like to tap into your vast resources of creative potential? Would you like to explore new and better ways of thinking and extend your repertoire of thinking skills and strategies?Creative Thinking is a valuable resource, which is becoming ever-increasingly important if we are to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by our fast-changing world.

Dr Edward de Bono will present at the 8th Conference of the Learning Teacher Network . This is a rare opportunity to learn practical strategies from the master of creative thinking himself, tools which will be invaluable in your professional, social, academic and personal lives.

Professor Edward de Bono, one of the world’s most pre-eminent thinkers, is the inventor of Lateral Thinking. His thinking skills are powerful and simple techniques, which can be learned easily by anyone and used in a deliberate manner.

This presentation will be useful to all those who are interested in improving and expanding their potential for innovative, conceptual, critical and creative thinking.

More wisdom is possible: Schools can make a difference
Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger, Jacobs University, Germany

Wisdom is as old as humankind and has a rich ideational history. Taking a psychological perspective, it is nevertheless possible to measure it and also to facilitate its development. Two types of wisdom, that is, personal and general, are introduced as well as related ontogenetic models and measurement paradigms. Empirical evidence for the successful facilitation of wisdom are described and consequences for teaching practices are discussed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifted Lives: What happens when gifted children grow up

Prof. Joan Freeman, London, England UK

Thirty five years ago, I began my research into the intimate lives of 210 British children, half of them gifted and the others carefully matched comparisons. I tested them with many psychological measures, and over the decades I recorded their words from hundreds of interviews along with those of their teachers and parents. From their early astounding promise to their maturity, I documented their growing up. In 2010, I published the final results. For my book, Gifted Lives, I selected 20 of the most gifted, each one representing an aspect of being gifted. As children, they had been outstanding in specific areas such as mathematics, the arts, empathy and spirituality. Their special challenges, frustrations and triumphs as they negotiated their ways in very different kinds of families and styles of education will be detailed. Some have been extremely successful and some face failure. How does brilliance help when young financier hits his first million, or a child is accelerated by three years in school, or being ethnically different, or a high-flying pianist is devastated by repetitive strain injury, or a psychiatrist suffers mental illness? Although fate played a big part in their successes, so too did a personal outlook which could see and grab a fleeting chance, overcome great odds, and put in the essential hard work to lift childhood prodigy to greatness.

 

 

Learning for the future: a European view on policy and practice
Mr. Brian Holmes, EACEA, Brussels

In 2010, the European Council adopted a strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in a Europe characterised by high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Entitled ‘Europe 2020’, the strategy includes ambitious targets for education and recognises the central role that learning will play in Europe’s recovery – learning from the lessons of the past, learning to improve and learning for the future. This presentation will outline the Commission’s response to the challenges facing education and the way it works with Members States to support educational reform across Europe. It will explain the Commission’s proposal for a future education programme, building upon lessons learnt and examples of good practice from the current Lifelong Learning and Youth programmes. The link between policy and practice will be illustrated through example cooperation projects, through the eTwinning initiative for schools and teachers, and through the comparative data emerging from Eurydice reports. Most importantly, it will recall the essential role that teachers play in educational reform, in empowering learners and in making Europe 2020 a reality for all.

 

Plenary speakers

Education for sustainable development (ESD) – Deepening the Initial Engagement
Lecture by Prof. Charles Hopkins, York University, Toronto, Canada

This session is intended as a learning opportunity for the Learning Teacher Network’s ESD leaders and innovators. Many in the Learning Teacher Network have become engaged in initial ESD work and have much to report and share. This session led by Charles Hopkins will begin with a presentation by Charles updating the international ESD scene and posing emerging issues. Then the session will turn into a discussion of ESD issues and opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Pedagogical relations between knowledge domains, wisdom, and their modern integral cultivation (Bildung)
Lecture by Prof.em. Harm Paschen, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

How can education be sustainable in a time of deep and widespread changes in all human activities? Since Comenius’ educational program on teaching knowledge to all, about all, and with an integral approach up to our modern knowledge society, the impact of the unmanageable resources of knowledge and the plurality of its domains (and their operating by IT machines) ask for a new understanding of human knowledge and how to teach it to students, teachers, and academics.
This session led by Harm Paschen will present the practical importance of new understandings with three concrete, but paradigmatic examples. Pedagogical sustainability has to be based on meta-frameworks of experienced knowledge of knowledge domains and teaching them.

 

 

 

Overview of Conference Session

Thursday 10 May 2012
Plenary Session
18.00 Opening Session and Cultural Programme (for details, see the folder Programme)
19.00 Plenary speech by Mr. Brian Holmes, Head of Department, Lifelong Learning Programme, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
19.50 Celebrations of the network’s 10th Anniversary
20.30 Conference Dinner at the Grand Hotel Aston

Friday 11 May 2012
09.00–10.00 Plenary Session
Keynote Address by Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Vice President of Jacobs University and Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development.
Coffee
Parallel Sessions
10.30–11.30 A1 A2 A3 A4
11.45–12.45 B1 B3 B4 B5
Lunch at La Terrasse
13.45-14.45 Plenary Session
Keynote Address by Prof. Joan Freeman, Founding President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), England UK
Coffee
Parallel Sessions
15.00–16.30 C1 C2 C3 C4
19.00 Conference Dinner at the Plage Beau Rivage Restaurant

Saturday 12 May 2012
09.00–10.00 Plenary Session
Keynote Address by Dr. Edward de Bono, the World Centre for New Thinking, Malta
Coffee
Parallel Sessions
10.30–11.30 D1 D2 D3 D4 D5
Parallel Plenary Sessions
11.45–12.45 E1 E2
Lunch at La Terrasse
Parallel Sessions
14.00–15.30 F1 F2 F3 F4
Coffee
16.00–16.45 Plenary panel discussion with expert panel
Closing Session
16.45–17.00 Cultural Programme and Closing Words

List of parallel sessions

A1 Let Me Learn: Knowing how you and your students learn best
A2 The Wise Professional: Role of the professional bodies in the 21st century’s wisdom
A3 ABLE YOUTH. Young researchers for a more sustainable energy use
A4 Smil(e) – A way to develop Scandinavian Methods for Innovative Learning (Europe)
B1 Cultivating creativity for lifelong learning
B2 Learning styles in practice (cancelled)
B3 European teacher synthesize
B4 Research on and standards for teaching assistants – an open discussion
B5 Basis for learning
* Selfdirected learning for lifelong learning
* What are the expectations of enterprises in terms of Sustainable Development for the training of Life Science students?
C1 Sense to perceive: A guide to detect personal talents in pre-school children
C2 Creating European courses part 1: Human Dynamics -‘differences as a challenge…..’
C3 Equipping learners with valuable abilities for a sustainable future including a short presentation of Implementing sustainable development at primary schools in Nepal
C4 Education for all
* The situation of the gifted students in the Polish educational system
* Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for gifted students: Challenges and opportunities
* Introduction programme to prevent early school leavers in upper secondary school
D1 Training teachers for the international environment
D2 Wisdom – What you did not learn in classes or books
D3 Does ‘phronesis’ matter? Exploring school leaders’ decision-making and its impact on their schools
D4 What is the impact of a researcher’s intervention in an educational institution?
D5 The need for the wisdom and creativity of development education in higher education; a crisis looms!
E1 Pedagogical relations between knowledge domains, wisdom, and their modern integral cultivation (Bildung)
E2 Education for sustainable development (ESD) – Deepening the Initial Engagement
F1 A Smorgasbord of Methods – Equipping Teachers for the Classroom
F2 Creating European courses part 2: Human Dynamics – ‘differences as a challenge…..’
F3 To be or not to be curious? That is the question
F4 Widening the perspectives
* EU perspectives for creating knowledge and wisdom in Turkish pre-school education reformation
* Creative process drama in language education – an example of bilingual nursery in Poland
* Implementing sustainable development at primary schools in Nepal

Poster presentation

P1 Interdisciplinary (cross-linked) lessons at a Higher-level secondary technical School (HTL) as a contribution to sustainable learning – Results of an Empirical Survey

Friday 11 May 2012

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS
FRIDAY 11 MAY at 10.30 – 11.30

A1 Let Me Learn: Knowing how you and your students learn best
Presenter: Steve Hall, Staffordshire University, England UK
Workshop. Target audience: General
Knowing yourself as a learner is just as important as knowing how your students learn best. This session will consider how the ‘Let Me Learn’ programme differs from other analyses of learning styles. It’s focus on metacognition invites anyone exploring the Let Me Learn programme to assess their own learning patterns at ‘use first’, ‘use as needed’ and ‘avoid’ levels. Workshop attendees will be invited to participate in a self-assessment of their learning patterns profile and to see how learning patterns can be taken into consideration when designing course materials and delivery styles for students. The session will also consider how this impacts on personalising learning for pupils/students and how they can develop strategies for taking greater responsibility for their own learning.

A2 The Wise Professional: Role of the professional bodies in the 21st century’s wisdom
Presenter: Roxana Mocanu, Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL), Romania
Workshop. Target audience: General
The special character of wisdom among attainments of the mind shows itself in the things which everyone will agree can be said about wisdom-things which cannot be said about art and sciece, or knowlegde and learning generally. Knowledge can be steadily increased and learning advanced, but can we say that the same progress can be achieved in wisdom? The individual may gow in wisdom even professionally, but what about the professional communities?

A3 ABLE YOUTH. Young researchers for a more sustainable energy use
Presenter: Dr. Anja Christanell, Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development, Austria
Lecture. Target audience: Secondary/Upper secondary
In the project ABLE YOUTH pupils of two Viennese schools localize energy saving potentials in households, advice their own families in saving energy and assess the outcome at the end of the project. This paper presents insights in how the young researchers became aware of their families’ consumption habits and how personal values are related to these habits. Furthermore it highlights what the teenagers learned about self-initiated changes and their real impact on daily practices and how they express their own ideas about energy, climate change and sustainability via graphic design.

A4 Smil(e) – A way to develop Scandinavian Methods for Innovative Learning (Europe)
Presenters: Håkan Cajander, Halmstads kommun, Sweden, and Pia Kløjgård Jensen, Competence Centre for Science, Denmark
Workshop. Target audience: General
The workshop will present the Scandinavian educational project “Smil(e)”,www.smil-e.eu. “Smil(e)” is a cross border contribution to bring the national actions together with the following objectives:
* to increase the interest for having fun learning science, technology and mathematics;
* create innovative learning methods, material and environment for the ages of 1 -19 years with focus areas such as gender and ICT, create a better collaboration between school, trade and industry as well as research; and
* create a platform for communicating/gathering forum for the cross boarder area within learning science, technology and mathematics.

The project partners are municipalities from Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well a teacher training university colleges and national resource agencies.
Some good examples and outputs of our cooperation will be presented.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
FRIDAY 11 MAY at 11.45 – 12.45

B1 Cultivating creativity for lifelong learning
Presenter: Tania Farrugia, Malta Education Division, Malta
Workshop. Target audience: Pre-school and primary
One of the aims of lifelong learning is to help all individuals to become successful learners in a world that is dominated by fast paced change. In an ever changing scenario, lifelong learners need to have a desire to find out new things, to guess possible situations, to jump at opportunities and to reach their full potential. These are all qualities of a creative individual. This workshop will provide educators with very practical tips on how to cultivate and foster creativity in the classroom, to increase motivation and confidence, to make learning more enjoyable, to instil curiosity, to train pupils in thinking skills and as a result fulfil the quest for lifelong learning.

This interactive workshop will present participants with examples of good practice and will involve them in creative and hands on tasks.

B2 Learning styles in practice
Cancelled

B3 European Teacher Synthesize
Presenters: Drs. Henny Oude Maatman and Paul Stuit, Hogeschool Edith Stein/OCT, Hengelo, the Netherlands
Open session. Target audience: Pre-school/Primary; Secondary/Upper secondary
In the European Comenius project European Teachers Synthesize we offered in services courses to primary and secundary schools teachers to become an European Teacher. In the project ‘European Teacher Synthesize (ETSize)’ we adapted the learning materials from the Comenius project ‘Face-It’ to experienced teachers. We offered our model and ideas of the “European Teacher” for free to the schools. In this project 7 teacher training institutes from all over Europe work together to realize the idea of a European Teacher.

We used innovating methodologies in the courses:
* work with digital learning communities between course members (in moodle)
* improve the European Dimension in schools
* promote and stimulate international collaboration between schools
* use “My Own Dictionary”, a product of the VISEUS project
Products of the project “ETSize” will be ready in December 2011: a European teacher course, a brochure, and four e-books.

The teachers who applied for the in-service courses joined an international course and got good conditions to start collaboration in their own school. They will become multipliers of the European Teacher ideas in their own environment. The e-books will make the good practises visible for future courses.
We organize the courses mentioned above in 2011 in four different places in Europe: Riga, Barcelona, Brussels and Graz. In December 2011 we will publish the course places for 2012. More information: www.european-teachers.eu

B4 Research on and standards for teaching assistants – an open discussion
Presenter: Prof. em. Nancy K. French, University of Colorado, Colorado, USA
Open session. Target group: General.
Teaching assistants (also known by other titles) are used in many countries to reduce class size, assist with students who have special needs, and assist with language acquisition for immigrant students. This session is organized to facilitate the exchange of information about the roles and responsibilities, employment and educational standards, training, supervision, as well as difficulties encountered . The presenter will facilitate discussion around key questions, provide a research summary and the standards adopted by the International Council for Exceptional Children. Participants are invited to bring relevant documents or materials to share.

B5 Basis for learning
Moderated session: Paper presentations. Moderator Dr. Beata Dyrda. Target audience: General
Selfdirected learning for lifelong learning
Presenter: Drs. Yttje Cnossen, Stenden university, School of Education, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Constantly changing contexts require skills sustaining a flexible and reflective learning attitude. To meet the standards of lifelong learning students in higher vocational education more specific in teacher training college, need to develop self-managing, self-monitoring and self-modifying skills. Educational programmes can support and enhance their efforts.

What are the expectations of enterprises in terms of Sustainable Development for the training of Life Science students?
Presenter: Corinne Stewart, AgroSupDijon, Dijon, France
Today, Higher Education Institutions can and must play their role in encouraging and promoting good practices for sustainable development. Not only must they work to develop transfer between Professors, Researchers and Students by teaching the concept of S.D. in an integrated and transversal way, by adjusting curricula as necessary and simultaneously inventing new ways to address the various disciplines but they must also develop transfer between HEI’s, Enterprises and Civil Society. The I.S.L.E Erasmus networks project (Innovation in the teaching of SD in Life Sciences in Europe) is at the heart of this issue.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
FRIDAY 11 MAY at 15.00 – 16.30

C1 Sense to perceive: A guide to detect personal talents in pre-school children
Presenter: Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target audience: Pre-school/Primary school
Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in and by Education has much to do with the kind of space we are able to open up for children and their own personal development within formal learning processes. But also with the ability of teachers to perceive and reflect the personal needs and topics of children systematically.
Our guide helps teachers to be more selfaware and to make systematically professional use of their own daily perceiving and reflecting of children. To perceive children holistically means to be open to their personalities, to provide own inner space to recognize their personal preferences in a self aware and open minded way. Also it opens up different opportunities to deal with the strength and weeknesses of them and on longer term to deal with what their real areas of interest and talents are.

This workshop provides an introduction into our instrument “guide to percieve preschool children systematically” and it offers exercises to strengthen the own selfawareness and sense in order to perceive personal talents of preschool children more conscious and systematically.

C2 Creating European Courses part 1: Human Dynamics -‘differences as a challenge…..’
Presenters: Niels Wolf, Pesant Consultancy; Herman Hoedemaker and drs. Anton de Vries, Lumius, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target audience: General
Why is a conversation with one person always runs smoothly and with the other difficult? How is it possible that a child by one teacher exposes and the other teacher is invisible?
Human Dynamics is the term given to new understandings of human functioning developed by Dr. Sandra Seagal and her associates at Human Dynamics International in the course of continuing research since 1979. This investigation has involved more than 80,000 people from over twenty-five cultures.
Dr. Seagal and her team have explored the interaction in people of three universal principles – the mental (or visionary), the emotional (or relational) and the physical (or practical). In the human system, the mental principle is the objective one: related to the mind – to thinking values, facts, structure, focus, perspective. The emotional principle is the more subjective one: connected to other people – relationships, feelings, communication, organization, and synthesis. The physical principle is the more pragmatic one: it is the making, systemical and operationalizing part of us.
These three principals are equal in value and importance, but the way they give presence in our own human system makes us who we are, with our own talents and development needs.
In this workshop you will explore in a practical way your own most dominated Human Dynamics Principles and those of others.. These ‘findings’ will be used in the related second session Creating European Courses part 2‘.

C3 Equipping Learners with Valuable Abilities for a Sustainable Future!
Presenters: Christer Torstensson, Anna Mogren and Mathias Demetriades, the Global School/International Programme Office for Education and Training, Visby, Sweden
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target audience: General
Education is seen as central to economic competiveness, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and environmental sustainability. The Global School is a Swedish governmental programme promoting schools development within these issues. This session attempt to answer the question of how this work can be carried out in relation to the new national curriculum in Sweden. Some examples and strategies will be expressed and participants will be exposed to a simulation and active learning methods.

C4 Education for all
Moderated session: Paper presentations. Moderator Bill Goddard. Target audience: General
The situation of the gifted students in the Polish educational system
Presenter: Dr PhD Beata Dyrda, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
The author intends to present the research results concerning the institutional and individual support of the gifted students development in the Polish schools. The research study was conducted at three stages: collective case study of schools, survey among teachers and educational biography of gifted and talented students.

Extra-Curricular Enrichment Opportunities For Gifted Students: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenter: Dr John Kesner, College of Education/Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
In the US today, education for gifted and talented children is often not viewed with the same intensity as are programs for children who are struggling academically. Extra-curricular enrichment programs have been recognized as providing opportunities for gifted students not typically found in regular education programs in schools. These programs can provide the academic challenge gifted students need as well as instruction better suited to the gifted student’s learning style. These programs can also provide the emotional support gifted children need for high achievement as well as providing socialization opportunities with gifted peers. This presentation will discuss the types of extra-curricular enrichment programs found in the US and highlight one example of a program which has been providing enrichment activities for gifted students for over 35 years.

Introduction programme to prevent early school leavers in upper secondary school
Presenters: Ola Johansson and Irene Lennemyr Winkler, Directorate for Upper secondary schools, Karlstads kommun, Sweden
For students not eligible for national programmes at upper secondary school in Sweden, from 2011 there are five introductory programmes that are adapted to the individual:
* preparatory education/language introduction,
* programme-oriented individual choice,
* introduction to a profession,
* individual option, and
* language introduction.
This presentation gives an overview of the new system and describes which options schools have to actively work in preventing students to become early school leavers.

Saturday 12 May 2012

PARALLEL SESSIONS
SATURDAY 12 MAY at 10.30 – 11.30

D1 Training Teachers for the International Environment
Presenter: Tim Unsworth, Lumius/Stenden University, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Workshop. Target group: Pre-school/Primary school
Stenden University, together with partner colleges in Scandinavia, is developing an initial training course for aspiring teachers in international schools. In this session I will describe the course and show what advantages this will have for international schools in the future. Particular reference wil be made to the ‘International Mindedness’ minor and the English language content. The aim is to inform and form ‘friendships’ with international schools who may consider welcoming our students for school practice/classroom experience.

D2 Wisdom-What you did not learn in classes or books
Presenters: Ann Morrison Clement, PhD, Clement Consulting, and Annie Morrison, MA, the Morrison Group, Silverthorne/Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Lecture. Target audience: General
The development of proficient professionals is not primarily learned in classes or books but in practical experience. Wisdom is developed as a result of multiple experiences with other professionals, parents, and students. Such wisdom is a legacy that is handed down from those professionals that we have worked with and learned from in real life experiences. The true mastery in learning comes from the teachings learned from those who have experience and share such experience with new learners. This session will describe the role and strategies of educational mentors.

D3 Does ‘phronesis’ matter? Exploring school leaders’ decision-making and its impact on their schools
Presenter: Francia Kinchington, University of Greenwich, London, England UK
Lecture. Target audience: Secondary/Upper secondary; Higher education.
This session explores how decision-making that emerges from Aristotle’s concept of ‘phronesis’ (applied wisdom) can contribute to the learning and development of school leaders, supporting their credibility and their evolution from novice to expert practitioners. It will explore how specific types of decision-making can give rise to new and profound learning. It is proposed that decision-making that is framed by applied wisdom and underpinned by ethical leadership that is guided by vision and values, and a commitment to holistic education and the development of staff and students, is central to effective school leadership.

D4 What is the impact of a researcher’s intervention in an educational institution?
Presenter: Marie-Odile Nouvelot-Gueroult, AgroSup/Eduter-Recherche, Dijon, France
Open session. Target audience: Secondary/upper secondary; Higher education
How can the intervention of a researcher contribute to the organizational development and to the professional development of staff members (teachers, educators, and managers of a school for example)? How can it question the ways of doing, more or less implicit, of individual and collective actors in a situation and an organization? How does the mutual development of new ways of doing can help to think the organization by acting on work situations?
The workshop leaders will present two examples to discuss this matter with the participants of the workshop.

D5 The need for the wisdom and creativity of development education in higher education; a crisis looms!
Presenter: Dr. Martin Fitzgerald, LIT Tipperary, Ireland
Lecture. Target audience: Higher education
Now more than ever there is a need for a model of higher education that is creative, wise and offers an alternative way forward. Higher education is currently devoid of a creative framework that will allow the world to address the huge global environment crisis that faces us. Development education can provide a solution but will it be enough and will it happen in time?

PARALLEL PLENARY SESSIONS
SATURDAY 12 MAY at 11.45 – 12.45

E1 Pedagogical relations between knowledge domains, wisdom, and their modern integral cultivation (Bildung) – demonstrated on three paradigmatic educational examples
Lecturer: Prof. em. Harm Paschen, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
Lecture. Target audience: General
How can education be sustainable in a time of deep and wide spread changes in all human activities? Since Comenius’ educational program on teaching knowledge to all, about all, and with an integral approach up to our modern knowledge society, the impact of the unmanageable resources of knowledge and the plurality of its domains – and their operating by IT machines – ask for a new understanding of human knowledge and how to teach it to students, teachers, and academics.
This session led by Harm Paschen will try to show three paradigmatic examples from mental arithmetic, anti-violence training, and the nature of education as an academic activity (on evidenced based education, competencies, and intuition). Pedagogical sustainability has to be based on meta-frameworks of experienced knowledge of knowledge and teaching them.

E2 Education for sustainable development (ESD) – Deepening the Initial Engagement
Lecturer: Prof. Charles Hopkins, York University, Toronto, Canada
Lecture. Target audience: General
This session is intended as a learning opportunity for the Learning Teacher Network’s ESD leaders and innovators. Many in the Learning Teacher Network have become engaged in initial ESD work and have much to report and share. This session led by Charles Hopkins will begin with a presentation by Charles updating the international ESD scene and posing emerging issues. Then the session will turn into a discussion of ESD issues and opportunities.
Note: This lecture requires pre-knowledge of the concept of ESD.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
SATURDAY 12 MAY at 14.00 – 15.30

F1 A Smorgasbord of Methods – Equipping Teachers for the Classroom
Presenters: Mathias Demetriades, Anna Mogren and Chtister Torstensson, the Global School/International Programme Office for Education and Training, Visby, Sweden
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target group: General
In this session The Global School demonstrates the concept “Method festival” where a variety of teaching methods regarding education for sustainable development (ESD) are presented. The Global School has, in collaboration with NGO’s such as the UN Association, Storyline Sweden, Swedwatch, Simnet etc, arranged six festivals all over Sweden. Why are we doing this? What is in it for the teachers? How do we reach schools? What strategy and structures are behind this concept? What have we learnt so far? In case you are interested in learning how ESD according to the UN Decade, through active learning is put across to thousands of teachers in Sweden, this is the perfect workshop for you. Welcome!

F2 Creating European Courses part 2: Human Dynamics – ‘differences as a challenge…..’
Presenters: Drs. Anton de Vries and Herman Hoedemaker, Lumius, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target audience: General
‘The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists’. Charles Dickens
As a follow-up of the workshop Human Dynamics you will be invited with the other participants of this workshop to create possible European LTN Courses. The Learning Teacher Network successfully gives European training courses such as ‘Creativity and Learning’ and ‘Inspiring Leadership’. In order to challenge the theme of this conference ‘Creating Knowledge and Wisdom in Education and Training’ we will use the basics ideas of Human Dynamics in creating possible new European courses.
In an active way, using your own Human Dynamic Principle (‘talent’), we will try to create first ‘draws’ of interesting/curious/ desirable/ challenging courses which can be proposed to the board of the Learning Teacher Network.
If you did not follow our first workshop about Human Dynamics, but you have some knowledge about HD, you are also invited to sign in for this workshop.

F3 To be or not to be curious? That is the question
Presenters: Marianne Nilsson and Patrik Backman, Directorate of Education, Karlstads kommun, Sweden
Workshop. 90 minutes. Target audience: Pre-school/Primary school; Secondary/Upper secondary school
The workshop is to introduce a format of work in science and technology that encourages all students to lifelong learning. This learning approach is supported by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and is a school development concept from Science and Technology for Children (STC), which the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) developed and has disseminated for many years.
The workshop will present ideas in and around the working method and present an experimental study with a gender perspective. The method also stimulates students’ entrepreneurial qualities such as creativity, curiosity, responsibility, accuracy and teamwork, which is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

F4 Widening the perspectives
Moderated session: Paper presentations. 90 minutes. Moderator Bill Goddard. Target audience: General
EU perspectives for creating knowledge and wisdom in Turkish pre-school education reformation
Presenter: Dr. Ayse Kizildag, Borås kommun, Sweden
Knowledge and wisdom in education systems are conducted via overarching philosophies. One example could be Europeanization and EU philosophy on education as in the Turkish pre-school education reformation. From this perspective, the paper presents pre-schools education engagements that Turkey has been going under recently to create European knowledge in learning by following EU guidelines. The study analyses modifications in the national curriculum and teacher qualification and competences along with the teacher education curriculum in the field of pre-school education within the framework of critical discourse analysis. Data come from Ministry of Education (MNE) and EU legal documents such as progress reports. The results show that Turkey has had a great deal towards completing the infrastructure for compulsory pre-sechool education in terms of teacher, learning/teaching material and spatial resources. As for conclusion, opportunities and challenges in the reformation process are also discussed.

Creative process drama in language education – an example of bilingual nursery in Poland
Presenter: Dr. Alicja Gałązka, Educational Centre Future, Tarnowskie Góry, Poland
Process creative drama is a genre of educational drama which focuses on collaborative investigation and problem solving through a process of exploration. in which students have to use a language. In process drama students are rarely themselves; they are not playing characters as in the play, they are just putting themselves into someone’s shoes being aware that they are taking part in a dramatic fiction. This gives the participants an umbrella of protection from personal exposure and allows them to experiment with the language in a safe dramatic fiction. Creative drama is a dramatic activity which has the experience of the participants as the goal.

Implementing sustainable development at primary schools in Nepal
Presenter: Dipesh Dulal, Chelsea International Academy, Nepal
We have been aspiring ourselves for maintaining global sustainability right since 1992 by using education as tool. We have travelled twenty years as ‘Agenda 21’ identified education as an essential tool for achieving sustainable development and highlighted areas of action for education. There have been scientific applications of the document and most of the schools have ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ (ESD) in the curriculum. Critics of the current applications say that ESD is just in the scope of curriculum. They suggest that curriculum should be strategically in scope of ESD. Primary Schools have great impact of minds of children as their initial days of schooling are very important to them. ESD’s motives if implemented at primary schools and beyond, will help us to achieve expected sustainability of the globe. This presentation takes global references about the question – ‘Why and How sustainability aspects are being prioritised at primary schools?’

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

P1 Interdisciplinary (cross-linked) lessons at a Higher-level secondary technical School (HTL) as a contribution to sustainable learning – Results of an Empirical Survey
Presenter: Gerhild Bachmann and Ute Weitensfelder, University of Graz, Austria
Poster presentation. Target audience: Higher education
New research finding show that a broad knowledge basis is essential for further learning. Cross-linked lessons support sustainability, enabling the development of readiness to take on responsibility for one’s own learning. The measuring tools and the empirical results of a recent questionnaire among pupils and teachers on cross-linked learning at a Higher-level secondary technical School (HTL) in Austria, which are seen as helpful for school developmental processes, are exhibited on the poster. The fact that the teachers always gave the pupils the possibility to pose questions turned out to be positive for the cross-linking. They were prepared for further education and demonstrated a high level of interests in other subjects, as well as taking care to shape learning materials for their teaching subject in such a way that the pupils would still be able to find their bearing years later.

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Feedback from the Nice Conference

Feedback from participants at the 8th International Conference in Nice, France on 10-12 May 2012

For me the conference was the best I’ve already attended. Interesting and full of inspirations and located in magnificent place! Thank you all for all things connected with the organisation of this event.
University trainer from Poland

It was a super conference and a perfect setting. I learned a lot of new ideas and really enjoyed meeting friends again. Well done on a super job once again.
University trainer from Ireland

We want to thank you and all who made this Conference possible! We came back with lot of new ideas, good spirit and inspiration. Nice was wonderful and all the arrangements were just perfect.
Trainer from Finland

Great conference, warm and enthusiastic atmosphere, new friends, ideas and inspiration. This conference really opened doors to our institution. As my we are a new member in this network, I am especially grateful, not to feel like a foreigner, but right from the start: someone, who feels “like home” amongst these great people.
Trainer from Hungary

A big well done to Magnus and the whole team. I learnt a lot, enjoyed myself and met some very interesting people.
Teacher from Malta

Thanks again for a super conference. The conference was very well organized and implemented – as usual. It was a pleasure to be a participant and a presenter. The interactions with others was most significant.
Consultant from the USA

I gathered new ideas for further work in schools and for own research in schools.
Trainer from Austria

Thank you for the opportunity to present at your conference. You have established a very committed network. Congratulations!
Keynote speaker

It was a most rewarding experience, not only in terms of my being able to meet so many engaged and enthusiastic teachers, but also to see a Comenius network continue to grow and to add value for its members well after the funding has stopped. Well done.
Another keynote speaker

The atmosphere at the conference was first-class.
Yet one more keynote speaker

Thank you very much for a wonderful conference in Nice. it was my first meeting with LTN and was really impressed. Congratulations on creating such a successful organisation and many thanks for perfect organisation and great content of the conference.
Trainer from Poland

This conference was really a TOPPER! Well done and congratulations.
Former teacher trainer from the Netherlands

This was a brilliant experience for me.
Researcher from Sweden

Great conference, thank you. Interesting and challenging seminars and always good to meet up with old friends. Already looking forward to next year.
Former head teacher from England UK

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome and possibility to meet different people with different point of view in atmosphere of respect, trust and fun. And special thanks for the chance to see and listen Dr. Edward de Bono. Thank you very much again for all!
Head of training from Azerbaijan

Congratulations for Nice conference, it has been even better than Berlin (and trust me, Berlin was perfect! 🙂 ); amazing learning experience, great people, excellent interaction, warm atmosphere and splendid place.
Trainer from Romania

Back at home. Happy and a lot of inspiration gained.
Trainer from the Netherlands

Thank you for a very nice stay in Nice and a conference of success as always!
Trainer from Sweden