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"BEAM" - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning


Introduction

Behind the acronym „BEAM“ hides an ERASMUS-Intensive-Programme, which was submitted to the Austrian National Agency „Lebenslanges Lernen“ („Lifelong Learning“) in 2008, approved by them and was carried out in the academic years 2008/09, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011. Each year from 2008, the project applications for this European training program, which is conceived for a maximum of three years, were submitted to the Austrian National Agency - with changes and additions to the results of the evaluations. The requests were once again approved and financially supported. In the course of those three years, a total of 180 students took part in this multi-national training program of the European Commission – with a maximum of 60 participants per Intensive Programme. Thereby, the maximum number of first 16, then 20 participating professors per intensive programme was as well exhausted. In the 1st year students and teachers from four nations participated in the programme - in the 2nd year from eight, and in the 3rd year from eleven nations. The task was that students and teachers from the participating countries deal with the issue of European identity and how it can be implemented subsequently in school together intensively for 14 days. For this it was essential to work in a modelling way together with the future educators on the following broad themes:

  • European dimension of education (at school and training)
  • Autobiographical learning
  • Political education/ learning democracy
  • Reform pedagogy / meaning-oriented pedagogy
  • Teaching and learning: language learning / intercultural learning / ICT
  • Outdoor-activities

 

Students and teachers from these higher education institutions attended the Intensive programme:

1st project year (2008/09)

Austria              University College of Teacher Education / University College Viktor Frankl

Denmark            UCSyd Læreruddannelsen Haderslev

Finland             Tampereen Yliopisto

Norway            Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag

 

 

2nd project year (2009/2010)

Austria              University College of Teacher Education / University College Viktor Frankl (coordination)

Belgium                       Haute Ecole Blaise Pascal

Denmark           UCSyd Læreruddannelsen Haderslev

Finland             Tampereen Yliopisto

Ireland              National University Ireland

Latvia               Latvijas Universitāte

Norway             Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag

Hungary                        Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Tanító -

és Óvóképző Főiskolai Kar

 

 

3rd project year (2010/211)

Austria              University College of Teacher Education / University College Viktor Frankl (coordination)

Belgium                       Haute Ecole Blaise Pascal

Denmark           UCSyd Læreruddannelsen Haderslev

England            University of Winchester

Finland            Tampereen Yliopisto

Greece               ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΠΟΔΙΣΤΡΙΑΚΟ ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ ΑΘΗΝΩΝ / National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Ireland              National University Ireland

Latvia               Latvijas Universitāte

Norway             Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag

Slovenia                       Univerza v Ljubljani

Hungary                        Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Tanító -

és Óvóképző Főiskolai Kar

 

 

The Erasmus Intensive Programme "BEAM" was documented and additionally concomitantly researched. The research results were presented at the ECER (European Conference on Educational Research) in 2010 in Helsinki[1] and 2011 in Berlin[2], at the 9th and 10th International Students' Research Conference in 2010 and 2011 and at the 69th and 70th Scientific Conference in 2011 and 2012[3] at the University of Latvia.

 

A study visit entitled "BEAM" for education- and vocational training experts and decision makers was offered by the CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) all over Europe, and carried out in 2010 at the University College of Teacher Education / University College Viktor Frankl.[4]

 

 

 

In 2011, the Erasmus Intensive Programme "BEAM" received the Lifelong Learning Award from the Austrian National Agency „Lifelong Learning“.

 

 

 

Text reader can find in: Rabensteiner P.-M., BEAM - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning. Eine Erasmus-Intensiv-Programm-Erfolgsgeschichte. (7-40 German); BEAM - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning. An Erasmus Intensive Programme Success Story. (41-70 English); In: Rabensteiner P.-M., Ropo E. (Ed.), European Dimension in Education and Teaching. Vol 7: BEAM - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning. Hohengehren 2013, Schneider Verlag

 

 

[1] Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria) / Ropo Eero (Finland): “Accompanied research to the Erasmus-In­tensive-Programme “BEAM” - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning”.

[2] Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria), Ropo Eero (Finland), Kangro Ilze (Latvia), Odina Indra (Latvia): “Sustainability of “BEAM” - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning”.

[3] Resp. Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria)

[4] The strategic objective of the Cedefop is to "strengthen the European cooperation and the support of the European Commission, member states and social partners in the design and implementation of political strategies for an attractive vocational education, which promotes excellence and social inclusion.” – See page: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu, call date: 20120727

 

BEAM-Partners

Belgien Haute Ecole Blaise Pascal

Dänemark UC syd Laerreruddannelsen, Handserlev

Finnland Tampereen Yliopisto

Griechenland University of Athens

Irland National University of Ireland

Lettland Latvija Universitate

Norwegen Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag

Slowenien Univerza v Ljubljani

Ungarn Eötvös Loránd, Tudományegyetem

United Kingdom University of Winchester

 

 


"BEAM" - Research

The Erasmus+ Intensive Programme "BEAM" was documented and additionally researched. The research results were presented at the ECER (European Conference on Educational Research) in 2010 in Helsinki[1] and in 2011 in Berlin[2], at the 9th and 10th International Students’ Research Conference in 2010 and in 2011 and at the 69th and 70th Scientific Conference in 2011 and in 2012[3] at the University of Latvia.

[1] Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria) / Ropo Eero (Finland): “Accompanied research to the Erasmus-Intensive-Programme “BEAM” - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning”.

[2] Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria), Ropo Eero (Finland), Kangro Ilze (Latvia), Odina Indra (Latvia): “Sustainability of “BEAM” - Building European Identity through Spirit, Sense and Meaning”.

[3] Rabensteiner Pia-Maria (Austria)


Lifelong Learning Award

In 2011 the Erasmus Intensive-Programme „BEAM“ was awarded by the Austrian National Agency Lifelong Learning with the Lifelong Learning Award.


Study Visit "BEAM"

The study visit with the title "BEAM" was offered by the CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training). The Europe-wide study visit was executed at the UCTE/PHK for the experts in education and vocational education and for the policy makers in 2010. [1]

[1] Enhancing European cooperation, the support of European Commission, member countries and social partners regarding concept and implementation of the policy to promote an attractive vocational education, the excellence and social inclusion are considered strategical goals of CEDEFOP. See http://www.cedefop.europa.eu, retrieval date: 20120727




See research newspaper nr. 2

See research newspaper nr. 3