Identity and Diversity – Profiles of Christian Schools in Europe

Bratislava/Slovakia, November 16th to 18th, 2016

  The Study Conference for Head Teachers and Education Experts was organized by the International Association for Christian Education (IV) in cooperation with the Department for Research and Development of Protestant Schools (WAES) and the Comenius-Institute (CI) and took place in Bratislava/Slovakia, November 16th to 18th, 2016

Find here the Programme of the Conference and the Introduction to the Conference by Gerhard Pfeiffer, the Secretary of IV.

Out of the contributions to the main topic you may read the presentations given by

Dick den Bakker – Identity and Diversity
Bertrand Knobel – Das Gastprinzip in der Pädagogik (German)
Robert Schelander – Why parents choose a Christian School
Ruth Schelander-Glaser – How Protestant schools deal with Diversity
Margret Kraul – August Neander. A Protestant School
Manfred Pirner – Focus Patterns of Internal School Evaluation

as well as abstracts of the key words delivered by

Bertrand Knobel  – Hospitality principle
Sebastian Röhl – Teaching as Religious Calling
David Lankshear – Engaging Student Voices

We may share also some additional material provided by Dick den Bakker, namely

Presentation of Verus
Appreciating Differences
Ten Concepts in Christian Education

A total of about 20 experts and school practitioners from seven European countries participated in the conference. The following lines reflect the way some of them appreciated the conference and the expectations they have for a similar meeting in the future.

Dick den Bakker (NL) wrote:

David Lankshear (UK) wrote:

“I thought the conference was very useful and enabled some really good conversations. Although the numbers were small this did mean that most people had time to talk to each other and to share views and experiences.

From the general reaction there seemed to be considerable interest from those involved with school about current or recent research projects as they were shared which is encouraging and also demonstrates the need to set up the occasions when key practitioners can hear and question researchers about their work. Likewise it was good to here about what is happening in schools in the different countries and to listen for the schools' priorities. So the dialogue is very useful and worthwhile. I would hope that at future events we may be able to go a stage beyond this first stage dialogue and discuss what projects would be most useful to the schools and how they might be achieved by facilitating international collaboration between universities and other centres of research and also how potential practitioners with a research commitment or interest could be drawn into the work. Some of this was beginning to happen around the fringes and it is probably too early to expect that to have been the focus this time but at future meetings I would hope that this might be a key strand of the programme planning.”

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Internationaler Verband für Christliche Erziehung und Bildung (IV)

 Der Internationale Verband ist eine Organisation von nationalen Verbänden in verschiedenen Ländern Europas zum Zweck das evangelische Schulwesen in privater wie öffentlich-rechtlicher Trägerschaft zu fördern und die Werte evangelischer Erziehung zu bewahren.

 The international Association for Christian Education is an organization of associations from different countries in Europe with the aim to support the Christian Education in privat school as in schools under public law and to save the human values of Christian Education.

 La Fédération Internationale Protestante de l'Enseignement est une organisation d' Associations nationales des différents pays de l'Europe. Le but est d'encourager l'enseignement protestant en corporation privée et de droit public et de garder les valeurs de l'enseignement protestant.

 Het Internationaal Verband is een organisatie van nationale verenigingen uit verschillende Europese landen met als doel de bevordering van christelijk onderwijs en de instandhouding van de waarden van christelijke opvoeding.

Der IV arbeitet zusammen mit ICCS und ist Mitglied von COGREE.