Preconference "VaKE and beyond 2", July, 4 – 6, 2016 for more details see here www.vake.eu
The 5th SIG13 Conference (Moral and Democratic Education)
Professionals' Ethos and Education for Responsibility
We are delighted to welcome you to the 5th EARLI SIG 13 Conference at the University of Salzburg (Austria)! The Congress is jointly organized by the University of Salzburg (School of Education and Department of Education) and by the Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz, in cooperation with the Tempus project Lifelong Learning in Applied Settings (LLAF).
SIG 13 addresses questions of moral and democratic education from a scientific perspective with a particular focus on theoretically founded empirical research. Moral education means education to improve the learner's moral competence and actions, and democratic education deals with the furthering of democratic knowledge, attitudes, and actions in all their facets.
Moral and democratic competences are key issues in today's society. Competencies of this kind are topics in the school curricula of most countries; however, moral and democratic education mostly play a minor role in teaching, and where it is seen as important, it is usually not based on research outcomes but on traditions which oftentimes are quite questionable from a scientific point of view. The aim of SIG 13 is to promote warranted moral and democratic education, i.e., moral and democratic education that capitalizes on research in learning, development, and education, both in school and outside.
The conference theme focuses on professionals’ ethos and education for responsibility. Very broadly, professionals’ ethos is seen as taking moral issues into consideration when interacting with each other in a professional context. Responsibility means, on one hand, complying with some external requirements (legal norms, authoritative prescriptions, rules, etc.) and on the other hand, complying with one’s own conscience or values system (internal requirements); Education for responsibility, finally, means, first, an ethically justified requirement to consider the target person’s responsibility as an educational goal, especially fostering the students’ internal requirements (values system). Secondly, it means that adequate means are addressed how to achieve this (and other) goals. While ethos is sometimes addressed in the discussions on professionalism, educating for responsibility is rarely a topic in EARLI outside of SIG 13. In the last SIG 13 meeting in Verona, the coordinators organized a “group discussion session” about these issues (see the Coordinators’ Corner in the newsletter “SIG 13 news” issue #13, accessible through the homepage of the SIG 13 ). In the fifth SIG 13 conference in Salzburg, we want to continue this discussion.
The invited keynote speakers – Brigitte Latzko (University of Leipzig) and Edgar Morscher (University of Salzburg) – will relate this theme in different ways. We encourage other participants to do the same and to highlight the theme from different angles such as:
- What does it mean to perform ethically (correct) in the field of education (and possibly in other professions, such as psychology, medicine, economy, law, genetics)? What is ethos in the respective fields?
- What can be done in education to foster student’s responsibility and responsible behavior (concepts, interventions, empirical findings, etc.)?
- What do we know about the effects of acting ethically (in different professions)?
All topics dealing with moral and democratic education are welcome – including those not addressing the main theme of the conference specifically.
The conference is relevant for researchers, methodologists, students, and practitioners from different disciplines with interest in professionals’ ethos and education for responsibility as well as in moral and democratic education in general.
Katharina Springer, BA MA
Erzabt-Klotz Straße 1
Mag.a Martina Berthold MBA
Provincial Councilor of Salzburg, responsible for childcare, adult education, universities, research, science, youth, family, generations, integration, migration, sport, women and equal opportunities
Dr. Heinz Schaden
Mayor of the city of Salzburg
Univ. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schmidinger
Rector of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
Mag. Franz Keplinger
Rector of the Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Weichbold
Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiglhofer
Academic Director of the School of Education at the the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Bütow
Head of the Department of Education at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg