ERF Occasional Papers

The ERF Occasional/Working Papers series proposes think pieces and discussion papers on a range of issues and concepts in education. The following papers are available in  English French and Spanish.

No. 1: The Challenges of Creativity | French | Spanish

Creativity – or the urge to explore and to invent without knowing in advance how useful the outcome may be - cannot be taught, but it must be detected, recognized and encouraged. This paper explores some of the challenges of fostering creativity in education.

No. 2: Beyond the Conceptual Maze: The Notion of Quality in Education
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Discussions on the quality of education often remain blurred by a lack of clarity. As a result, there is no common understanding of what is actually meant by. This paper reviews various understandings and approaches to the noiton of quality in education.

No. 3: Desire and Doubt: Driving Forces of Creativity and Rationality?
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French | Spanish

Human beings have inherited a set of behaviors in order to live in and sustain their communities. These include creativity and rationality, very different yet complementary human capacities, which are both spurred by doubt and desire.

No. 4:  Revisiting Learning: The Treasure Within – Assessing the Influence of the 1996 “Delors Report” | French | Spanish

Building on Learning To Be published a quarter of a century earlier, the 1996 "Delors Report" proposed an integrated and humanistic vision of learning. This paper examines the influence that the report has had on education policy and practice worldwide. 

No. 5: Fragility of Power: A Challenge for Education | French

Increasing human dependency on technology renders us particularly fragile. The power imparted by technology not only conceals the risks inherent to its indiscriminate use, but also the fragility inherent to that dependency.

No. 6: Higher Education’s Response to Present – Day Shocks | French 

From the very beginning of the twenty-first century, there has been a succession of shocks of yet unforeseeable consequences that will trigger far deeper and longer crises…read more

No. 7: Education for Global Citizenship: A Framework for Discussion

The notion of ‘global citizenship’ is very broad, if not contested. This paper discusses the transformation of the notion of citizenship in the context of globalization, and how global trends may be integrated into citizenship education.

No. 8: Reflections on Progress, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship | French

If progress is to be sustainable, development must serve individual and collective needs and aspirations, preserve the environment and quality of life, and promote solidarity and equitable sharing as the foundations of citizenship in an increasingly globalized world. 

 

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