Volume 1, Issue 1, February 2017
Welcome to the regular update on research for the CULT Committee. The Update will keep you posted on recently published studies, upcoming products and publications from other sources that may be of interest to you.
In this issue we focus on the study “Culture and Education in CETA”, published in December 2016. The study analyses how education and culture fare in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Despite the changes in negotiating modalities compared to earlier trade agreements, both Canada and the European Union have retained full policy immunity for the fields of culture and publicly-funded education.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-902
Also in this issue:
- Input on the new skills agenda
- Upcoming research for CULT
- Research for CULT published in 2016
- External Publications
Input on the new skills agenda
For the CULT Committee’s work on the New Skills Agenda, we also have recommended reading: a briefing on the joint EMPL-CULT workshop on “Skills development and employment: New Skills Agenda for Europe” held on 8 September 2016. The briefing summarises the key points made during the workshop and details the discussions on a skills guarantee for low-skilled adults, the modernisation of vocational education and training, the revision of the European qualifications framework and the Europass.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/587-312
Upcoming Research for CULT Committee
Migrant Education: Monitoring and Assessment (published in February 2017)
A first attempt to explore the monitoring and assessment of migrant education in EU countries. The main dimensions of monitoring and assessment are governance, monitoring, evaluation and assessment of individual outcomes. Country reports on these dimensions in 27 EU Member States reveal that little has been done to monitor and assess migrant education, but that most countries already have an enabling infrastructure.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-903
Minority Languages and Education: Best Practices and Pitfalls (published in February 2017)
An in-depth comparative analysis of thirteen language case studies providing insight on the situation of education in minority languages in Europe. Indications of best practices are described and challenges that minority languages face in education are highlighted. Specific attention is directed to vocational education and career perspectives. The study recommends ways in which the EU can support minority languages in education.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-915
European Identity (published in April 2017)
Examines the concept, challenges and prospects of ‘collective identity’ in a European context. Based on the acknowledgement of the complex nature of collective identities in general and a common ‘European identity’ in particular, the study critically assesses the potential of cultural and political approaches to foster allegiances with a supranational body politic such as the EU. Particular attention is paid to the role of history and historical remembrance as well as bottom-up initiatives aimed at active civic engagement in strengthening a European sense of belonging.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-921
Teaching Common Values in Europe (published in May 2017)
Explores the teaching of common European values, in particular democracy and tolerance—if and how they are addressed by EU Member States’ official curricula for pupils in secondary education. The potential role of civil society and non-governmental organisations or state agencies (e.g. bodies such as the German “Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung”) is also considered. Country chapters set out the situation in 12 EU Member States and show that in many cases, there is a considerable gap between policy and practice.
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-918
‘Research for CULT Committee’ publications for 2016
In response to requests from the CULT Committee, the Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies delivered the following studies in 2016:
- Culture and Education in the CETA, December 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-902
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-460
- Public Libraries – Their New Role, July 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-882
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-456
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585-874
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/585_877
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-451
- Creative Europe – Culture Sub-Programme: First Experiences with the Implementation of the New Programme, June 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-452
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-458
- Evaluation of Education at the European Level, February 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-424
- Qualifications/Dual Careers in Sports, February 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/573-416
- European Cultural Institutes Abroad, January 2016
Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/563-418
External publications of interest
- Study by the Bertelsmann Foundation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning: When competences become occupational opportunities: How informal and non-formal learning can be recognised and used in Europe
- OECD study on adult skills: Skills Matter: Further results from the survey of adult skills
- UNESCO report looking at education beyond the EU: Education for all 2000-2015: Achievements and challenges