In the complex context of new developments in neurosciences applied to education and new developments in the European political arena, participants in the ECNAIS Katowice seminar 2018 are invited to reflect on how key ideas and practices may impact their day to day work at school and how the independent sector is preparing itself to face societal challenges.
The seminar in Katowice is a follow-up on the conference in Kiev in April 2018. We are now visiting a country where private schools were established in a large number immediately following the changes in society in 1989. The growth of the independent school sector has continued ever since. These schools are part of the post-communist society and play an important role in the foundation of modern Poland.
The seminar takes place in Katowice, the capital city of Upper Silesia. The population of the city is nearly 300,000 citizens, and there are about 4,5 million inhabitants in the region. The purpose of the seminar is to give an idea of how the enduring, enthusiastic and necessary educational development is taking place in practice. With the polish educational system in mind, we will be introduced to how knowledge, tradition and visions for the future meet the challenges of today and initiate new pedagogy.
Two keynote speakers will present their thoughts and experience about teaching methods currently affecting the educational debate and discuss the neurodidactical approach to education. Their point of departure is that building good relationships at school, promoting creativity and active teaching methods will result in positive educational outcomes.
A third keynote speaker will present the current state of affairs regarding education at the European Union and the new impetus in a European education policy after the last Social Summit in Götenborg.