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Nico Van de Weghe (project promotor) / Luc Zwartjes /             Lieselot Lapon  -  Ghent University

Ghent University (UGent) is one of the most important institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries.

UGent yearly attracts 33000 students, with a foreign student population of over 2700 EU and non-EU citizens. Diversity, participation and orientation towards competences are the basic elements in our human resource policy. In its mission statement UGent distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university that is open to all students, regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background.

UGent defines itself in a broad international perspective and brings out its individuality in language and culture. This mission statement serves as the basis for the process of change and for strategic policy planning at all levels and is the touchstone for the day-to-day management of the university and is completely in line with the Bologna process.

During the past years UGent evolved to one of the trendsetters in the internationalisation of higher education.

For I-Use UGent will be responsible for the overall management and financial coordination. For this an extra employee will be attracted.

 

 

 

 

 Karsten Duus / Duus Data & Media (DD&M)

Karsten Duus / DD&M has produced 11 statistical publications targeting teaching in Social Science and Geography in secondary education (“Samfundsfagsnyt, Columbus 1987-1998”) (a yearbook with statistics for Social Science in secondary education).

He has been the editor of the website: www.udviklingstal.dk (development figures..), Danida, The Foreign Ministry of Denmark, since 1998.

Karsten Duus is co-author and co-editor on tree bestselling Geography books for secondary education: “Din Verden”, “Alle Tiders Geografi”, and “Alverdens Geografi” - all “Geografforlaget”. 

The company has produced several websites – and recently participated in The World Banks call for applications on Development with the site: www.worldstat.com. 

DD&M will be the key partner in producing the projects webapp / website and will have the responsibility of the statistical parts of the webapp/site. It will also contribute to creating lessons and the promotion and dissemination of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

Malene Schmidt / Pheit AB

Pheit AB is an SME consultancy company dealing with project management in IT systems and in projects concerning education.

The role of the company is to lead the development of the training and teaching material in the I-USE project (Work Package 4) and to develop a series of interactive and interdisciplinary material in the use of statistics in secondary education.

Pheit will also be hosting the project meeting in Stockholm month 28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Karl Donert / European Association of Geographers

EUROGEO is a European scientific society, which networks geographers from all walks of life. The Association is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to:

 * develop, support and promote policies designed to advance the status of Geography

 * establish and promote cross-border cooperation

 * promote education and training in Geography from a European perspective

 * represent nationally and internationally the views of its members

To achieve this goal, the activities of the Association include:

* organising events and activities
* producing publications
* supporting geographers in their jobs and careers
* supporting the teaching of geography
* identifying and promoting good practise
* co-operating with the EU, Council of Europe and other relevant organisations;
* lobbying at European and where relevant national level
* researching matters related to Geography
* providing a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest to geographers
* giving advice on geography
* making recommendations to decision makers.

In terms of role, EUROGEO is an international NGO with wide membership. The network will therefore play a major role in the dissemination and evaluation of the activities of the project. In this case it will lead the Workpackage on piloting and evaluation (WP4). EUROGEO will also contribute to the creation of materials (WP3) and curriculum development (WP2). It will also contribute significantly to the dissemination of the project through its broad connections across Europe.

EUROGEO will organise a meeting of the consortium linked with its annual conference in order to maximise the potential for partners to disseminate the outcomes of the proposal and be involved in the training courses for teachers. EUROGEO will facilitate a training workshop to pilot materials through its conference. Colleagues from EUROGEO will guide partners in the preparation of e-learning materials.

EUROGEO will develop the online community facilities at www.eurogeography.eu/community/ for the project activities, to facilitate a good digital working environment for the project. This will ensure a rapid start to the project and excellent communications. The online courses created will be hosted on the association Moodle platform. They will also host the course materials and contribute to the state-of-the-art and lesson development

 

 

 

 

John Lyon / Alan Parkinson  / Iain Palôt / Geographical Association (GA)

The GA is the leading national subject association for geography. The primary objective of the charity is the advancement of education for the public benefit by furthering geographical knowledge and understanding, through the promotion and dissemination of good practice in geographical teaching and learning. The GA believes that geography is important because it helps us to make sense of the world. The GA’s manifesto, A Different View, sets forth our belief that geography makes an essential contribution to a balanced education for all young people in schools, colleges and other settings.

Geography tackles the big issues – environmental responsibility, global interdependence, cultural understanding, and the interplay of physical, economic, social, cultural and political processes. As an independent subject association the GA exists to promote, support and develop geography subject leadership at all levels and this is reflected by its membership, which includes large numbers of primary and secondary teachers as well as teachers in further education, academic geographers and teacher trainers and educators.

The funding to support the GA’s work is currently derived from four main areas of activity – membership subscriptions, the sale of educational resources, conferences and events, and externally funded curriculum development project activity.

Members subscribe to one or more of the GA’s three journals - Primary Geography, Teaching Geography and the flagship Geography (all of which is now available online i.e. over 100 years of debate and deliberation on geography and education) - and they also get GA Magazine, each of which is produced three times per year. They also receive online access to a searchable archive of past journal issues through their own membership log-in to the GA website, where they can also access photo galleries, topical teaching materials, third party discount vouchers and other networking opportunities.

The GA produces an extensive range (with a list of over 200 titles currently available from stock) of niche educational resources for teachers of geography, including an acclaimed series of handbooks forming a core in-school CPD resource for geography subject leaders, plus many more innovative learning materials in both print and electronic format.

The GA organises and runs an Annual Conference and Exhibition held over 3 days, which regularly attracts over 700 teachers. It also organises a programme (in excess of 40 per year) of one-day regional CPD events that are oriented to the professional support of geography teachers in primary and secondary schools.

The GA leads teachers in school-focussed geography curriculum development through its management of and participation in externally funded projects. Notable in recent years has been the Department for Education funded Action Plan for Geography (2006-08 and 2008-11). The outcomes from all of the projects that the GA has been involved with during the period under review can be viewed from the Projects area of the GA website.

The GA is a subject association with a wide membership. Our membership network reaches a majority of secondary schools in England and will therefore play a key role in dissemination of the activities of the project. The extensive website (www.geography.org.uk) and email alert service is available to non members extending considerably the GA’s function as a hub for geography teachers nationally (an increasingly internationally). Membership stands at about 6000 and daily unique use of the website is typically 1500 per day.

The leadership of the GA is a mix of, mainly, primary and secondary school teachers, teacher educators, and geography academics. Its Honorary Vice Presidents include the prominent TV geographer Prof Iain Stewart, the Director General of the Ordnance Survey Vanessa Lawrence and the Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society, Hetan Shah.

The GA’s turnover is in the region of £1 million per annum and this level of income currently allows the GA to employ 15 members of staff (12 full-time equivalents). This staff complement is organised into three broadly similar sized activity areas:

  • Business, membership and finance
  • Publications and journals
  • Projects, training and CPD

This infrastructure provides the GA with the capacity to effectively manage a wide range of funded project work in addition to providing administrative and editorial support for its membership subscriptions, CPD events, journals and publications.

The GA offers considerable expertise in marketing, promotion, publishing and organising and promoting projects and events. It will lead the dissemination workpackage but also contribute to generating teacher training materials and offer state-of-the-art input from a UK perspective. Expertise in social networking will also be used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Aikaterini Klonari / University of the Aegean

The Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean is the first Department of Geography in Greece. It was officially established in 1989 and it was launched in 1994-1995. The Department of Geography belongs to the School of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean.

In 2002 the Department of Geography moved to a new building at the University Hill that occupies 5000 square meters and it is equipped with modern facilities. The aim of the Department is to offer a complete programme of undergraduate and postgraduate education in Geography that observes and responds to the both the international developments in the field and the needs and particularities of the study of spatial problems in Greece and its role in the wider Mediterranean and European territory. Since 1994 the Department of Geography offers a complete Programme of Undergraduate Studies that continuously adapts to the academic and professional demands of the field. Since 2001-02 it has also a Programme of Graduate Studies entitled «Geography and Planning in Europe and the Mediterranean» which, beginning with the academic year 2005-06 it will be changed to «Geography and Applied Geo-Informatics».  

The Department of Geography has 22 permanent staff members which in the near future will reach the number of 25. Teaching is supported also by several adjunct lecturers. The total number of undergraduate students is about 400. There are also 50 Msc students and 40 PhD candidates.

The Department has three complete educational laboratories to support teaching and research: Laboratory of Geoinformatics, Laboratory of Physical Geography and Laboratory of Human Geography. Finally a number of research laboratories are development and support research on many thematic areas of Geography (Applied Geomorphology and Environmental Geology Laboratory, Biogeography and Ecology Laboratory, Cartography and Geo-Informatics Laboratory, Economic Geography, Regional Development and Territorial Planning Laboratory, Geography of Natural Disasters Laboratory, Landscape Analysis and Planning Laboratory, Population Movements Laboratory, Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Laboratory, Spatial Analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory and Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory). The Thus, Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean has a wide expertise in GIS and Digital Cartography, Geographical and Environmental Education, Natural Hazard Management, Socio-Spatial Studies (poverty, migration, population movements, criminality, etc.), Cultural Landscape Analysis (perception, conceptualization, analysis, intervention, geographies of everyday life), Urban and Regional Planning (Greece, EU) and Didactics in Geography.

The University will coordinate the state of the art Workpackage and host a meeting of the consortium where the course materials will be piloted and evaluated. Aegean will contribute to other project activities including preparing materials, lesson design and curriculum aspects. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zbynek Vrba / Český Krumlov Gymnazium

Český Krumlov Gymnazium is a comprehensive school with a great emphasis on excellence in all subjects.

The school has 465 pupils in 18 classes and 44 teachers

A project of a further integration of statistics in subjects like Math and Physics (and others..) has the schools utmost interest.

The basic task of our school is to give useful knowledge of various scientific branches and to help to create general global perspective of our students.

Statistical methods are parts of most subjects, mainly Math, Physics, Geography, Biology , etc.

Getting relevant statistics, evaluate and analyse them are a natural part of our teaching programme.

 

 

 

Marianne Hjortlund / Gribskov Gymnasium

Gribskov Gymnasium is part of the upper secondary level of the Danish educational system. The school is medium-sized with 620 students (age 16-19 years) and 80 teachers, who all have university degrees and teach only the subjects of their degrees. Gribskov Gymnasium offers three-years-courses leading to the Upper Secondary Leaving Examination. The courses emphasize a broad theoretical education of high academic standard, and interdisciplinary themes and problems have a high priority.

Gribskov Gymnasium offers seven specialized study programmes placed within the humanities, natural science and social science as well as a broad range of elective subjects.

One important goal is to prepare our students for higher education at university level and similar institutions of higher education.

Gribskov Gymnasium encourages a stimulating environment, which facilitates the student´s curiosity and learning process (modern science laboratories, unique facilities for Arts, Music and Drama and excellent study facilities for group and project work).

Throughout the school year the students participate in both national as well as international competitions of academic nature, fx Science Cup.

Gribskov Gymnasium´s role in the project is to provide teaching and school expertise to the project and test the contents of the project in different subjects. Analyze and discuss the use of statistics in a Danish Upper Secondary School in different subjects.

In our facilities we will also arrange meetings for the participants in the project and our teachers could take part of meetings and network groups other places.